The Lagos Environmental Sanitation (LAGESC), and Lagos State Environmental and Special Offences Unit (Taskforce), have joined forces with the Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA) to enforce law more severely against street traders and hawkers who sell by the road side.
The agency leaders made this known after a joint meeting at the Command Headquarters of LAGESC in Bolade-Oshodi area of Lagos.
LAGESC Corps Marshal CP Gbemisola Akinpelu (retd), explained that the move is in an attempt to rid Oshodi and its environs of traffic gridlock.
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According to her, traders and hawkers who convert lay-bys to shops and illegal car parks have hindered free vehicular movement.
She said ‘‘the directives of the Governor of Lagos State has made it known that Oshodi must be rid of all environmental infractions and this is why LAGESC, Taskforce and LASTMA will keep collaborating to achieve results’’.
The Corps Marshal explained street trading, hawking, displaying wares for sale on pedestrian bridges, and converting bridges to place of abode at Oshodi are environmental infractions which contravenes the State Environmental Laws 2017.
Also commenting on the operation, the Chairman, Lagos State Environmental and Special Offences Unit (Taskforce), CSP Shola Jejeloye explained that the operation is in line with the Governor’s directives at restoring Oshodi to its clean and orderly nature and rid its environs of all encumbrances.
The General Manager, Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA), Mr. Bolaji Oreagba stressed on the significance of the Governor’s directives which includes clearing all areas around Oshodi of vehicular infractions to ensure free flow of vehicular movement.
Akinpelu however advised street traders, hawkers and defaulters to stay within designated markets for trading and obey the environmental laws of the State as anyone who falls short will be made to face the full wrath of the law.