The Lagos State Government has demolished illegal structures erected within the Central Business District.
A statement by Assistant Director, Public Affairs of the CBD, Olaoye Olusegun on Wednesday, said the structures demolished are make shift shops erected on walkways, road medians and drainage alignments.
According to him, the exercise is aimed at Restoring the Aesthetic Value of the district.
The statement also quoted the Special Adviser to Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu, Olugbenga Olarenwaju Oyerinde, as saying the state government is committed to the full restoration of the beauty and masterplan of the CBD.
“The Special Adviser, Mr Olugbenga Olarenwaju Oyerinde while monitoring the removal and clean-up of illegal structures and makeshift shops built within the Lagos Island Business District, said the Lagos State Government is committed to the full restoration of the beauty and master plan of the Lagos Island Business District in line with the THEMES agenda of the administration,” he added.
According to the statement, the antics of commercial bus drivers, commercial motorcyclists, shop owners and road side sellers will not deter the administration to transform the entire Lagos Island axis to a world class business and tourism hub.
“The present administration led by Mr. Governor is very passionate about sustaining the environment and ensuring free flow of traffic all over the State.
“The gross abuse and flagrant disrespect to traffic, environmental and urban planning laws by the roadside sellers, commercial motorcyclist and bus drivers who pick and drop passengers in authorize places, mechanics and street traders on the Island can no longer be tolerated.
“We are working with relevant agencies of government and trade unions especially NURTW and leadership of market associations to check these illegalities.”
The advisor said that directives given to traders operating in unauthorized places within and around the business district would also be enforced.
“Directives given by the Lagos State Government to street traders selling and displaying their wares along the roadsides, walkways, and under bridges as well as mechanics, commuters and food sellers operating in unauthorized places and around public buildings in the entire Lagos Island Business District is still in force and will be enforced to the later,” Mr Olanrewaju stressed.
The special adviser, therefore, warned street urchins and miscreants parading as “omo onile” who are in the habit of allocating parking spaces to motorists to desist, saying that no amount of resistance and intimidation could make the government to rescind on its resolve to clean up the entire Lagos Island, in line with the vision of making Lagos a 21st century economy.