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Free Flow Of Traffic And Security Informed Removal Of Illegal Structures In Oshodi - LASG

Jan 6, 2009 - Lagos State Government on Tuesday explained that the need to ensure the safety of lagosians, particularly residents and commuters at Oshodi and the ensuring of free flow of traffic necessitated the removal of illegal structures and shanties in the area last Sunday.

Speaking with newsmen after an inspection of the new look Oshodi area, the Special Adviser to the Governor on Transportation, Mr Kayode Opeifa said the state government has received several complaints from residents about activities of undesirable elements in Oshodi and areas like Iyana- Ipaja, Oshodi and Mushin.

He added that as a responsible government, efforts have to be put in place to ensure that criminals do not continue to have a leeway in attacking innocent citizens and making away with their belongings.

Mr Opeifa explained that the removal exercise would ensure free flow of traffic from Abule Egba to Ojuelegba in such a way that motorists can drive from Eko Bridge through Agege motor road to Sango Otta unhindered.

He added that the exercise would help take congestion away from Ikorodu road, Maryland and Mobolaji Bank Anthony Way which is presently taking more than a fair share of traffic due to the inaccessibility of the Agege Motor road.

Mr Opeifa said there would no going back on the exercise, as the state government would restore Oshodi to what it was 20 to 30 years ago.

He said all security agencies would be on a 24 hours surveillance in the area to monitor and maintain security and prevent any of the owners of the removed illegal structures from reconstructing them.

He said Oshodi would be made more people friendly by arranging the motor parks to operate without interference from the markets.

Mr Opeifa said market people would be permitted to carry out their businesses in legally permitted areas outside the rail lines stating that enough markets would also be made available to the people.

Also speaking, The Special Adviser in the Governor’s Office, Mr Sunny Ajose said the present tempo will be sustained as the state would not allow anybody to display goods or wares on the rail line.

Mr Ajose said most of the removed stalls are appendages to the setback of the rail lines which are meant to save lives, adding that the state would not allow that anymore as every life means a lot to it.

Mr Opeifa also said the state had sounded a note of warning over eight months ago about its intention to clear Oshodi of all illegal structures by publishing the law and order pages in newspapers on a regular basis.

Special Adviser to the Governor on the Environment, Mr Sesan Olanrewaju who was also part of the inspection team informed that the Kick Against Indiscipline (KAI ) officials have been fully mobilized to the area to ensure full compliance with exercise.

In his comments, the Chairman of the State Environmental and Special Offences task force and enforcement Unit, Superintendent Bayo Suleiman, who coordinated the operation said Oshodi has been fully secured and that the exercise will be continued in other identified areas where illegal structures have taken pre- eminence.


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