•Asks illegal traders on roads, public places to move
In its commitment to maintain a cleaner metropolis, resplendent environment and to return the State back to normalcy in the aftermath of the #EndSARS protests, that resulted into unfortunate loss of lives and properties in the State due to the hijack of the peaceful protest by hoodlums, the Lagos State Environmental Sanitation Corp (LAGESC) has reiterated its readiness to be fully back to all the nooks and crannies of the State so as to ensure continuous orderliness and sanity on roads, market places and the State at large.
The Corp Marshal of the Agency, C.P Gbemisola Akinpelu (retd) disclosed this during a meeting with Divisional Heads at the Command Headquarters Bolade Oshodi.
According to her, ‘’there is urgent need for us to continue with our statutory duties of ensuring that every part of the State is free of environmental nuisances and infractions as Lagos remains the Centre of excellence’’.
Mrs. Akinpelu, however, expressed her displeasure over the destruction of public and private properties by the hoodlums who hijacked the peaceful protest, declaring that about six (6) of its operational vehicles were completely burnt by the hoodlums alongside other government properties, recording huge losses to the State Government.
Whilst assuring that the destruction will not make the Agency back down in its operations, as the State government under the leadership of Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu is doing everything possible to return the State back to normalcy as well as to open up the State economy for all sort of business to thrive and to continue to attract both local and international investors in order to create additional employment for the teeming youths in the State.
Akinpelu therefore seeks for the support of all and the stakeholders, especially the traders, to carry out their trading activities within the designated trading areas, warning those trading on walkways and on the pedestrian bridges to return back to the designated market places, while the pedestrians should also make use of the footbridges to avoid unnecessary loss of lives and traffic gridlocks associated with crossing of the major highways especially during peak hours.
The Corps Marshal also emphasized on the need for some recalcitrant traders who have returned back to those areas already cleared by the operatives to vacate those areas, these areas she said includes; Ikeja, Oyingbo, Oke-Odo, Agric Bus Stop, Ikorodu Round-About and the stretch of Victoria Island-Ikoyi where there is zero tolerance to street trading and hawking.
She finally dwelled on the directives of the Governor Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu on the need for Lagosians to go about their legitimate businesses without any hindrance, advising them not to engage or encourage any action that may turn back the clock, but to keep living in harmony as the State is set to rebuild and strengthen the unity which it is known for.