Lagos State Government on Wednesday served a seven day Removal Notice on owners of illegal structures and commercial activities along Lagos-Badagry expressway.
It would be recalled that the Lagos State Government on July 2, resumed the construction of the 10-lane Lagos-Badagry expressway, 10 years after the construction started.
The Deputy Governor, Dr. Obafemi Hamzat while flagging off the construction had stated that the return to the road did not only mark the fulfillment of a promise made by the Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu administration but is also designed to bring relief to commuters who experience hardship daily on the road.
The Chairman of Lagos State Task Force, Chief Supritendent of Police(CSP) Olayinka Egbeyemi who led operatives of the agency to serve the notice while addressing owners of the illegal structures and traders at different spots on the expressway, warned them to vacate all road setbacks and walkways within the stipulated date contained in the notice.
He disclosed that the Removal Notice became imperative as part of preparations for the commencement of reparation works to be embarked upon by the state government along the expressway, as well as dislodge criminal elements who use the structures as hideouts to rob unsuspecting motorists and innocent commuters of their valuables.
According to him, “the Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu newly signed ‘Executive Order’ on traffic and sanitation has zero-tolerance for environmental abuse, illegal and indiscriminate dumping of refuse and defacing the environment.”
He stressed that all illegal structures and commercial activities on road setbacks and walk-ways from Eric Moore down to Trade Fair must be removed on or before Tuesday, July 23.
Egbeyemi warned that anyone who fails to abide by the said notice after the stipulated date would be dealt with in accordance with the provisions of the law.