#EndSARS: LAGESC Renews Commitments to Cleaner Lagos

•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.

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A press statement by the Embassy on Friday, said: “During the visit, Townsend met with the Nigerian President’s Chief of Staff, Ibrahim Gambari, and National Security Adviser, Babagan Monguno, to discuss regional security issues and to express the command’s gratitude for the assistance provided during a hostage rescue operation last year.

“When we asked for their help, the Nigerian government answered the call. Our hostage recovery mission in October would have been impossible without their support.

“They quickly provided assistance that helped the U.S. military to save an American life. That is a strong example of our partnership with Nigeria.”

Townsend also met with senior military officials, including the Minister of Defence, Bashir Salihi Magash, and the Chief of Defence Staff, General Leo Irabor, to talk about on-going cooperation in the region and greater maritime security and threat mitigation.

Nigeria is a key partner in countering violent extremist organizations throughout the Lake Chad Basin.

Townsend said furthermore: “The bilateral relationship between Nigeria and the U.S. is built on several pillars including security cooperation.

“U.S. Africa Command will do our part to advance the security cooperation pillar, so that Nigerians can enjoy the more secure future they all deserve.”

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“Nigeria’s purchase of A-29 Super Tucano aircraft is another example of their commitment to interoperability and security in the region,” he added. “Our economic relationship with Nigeria is already strong, and we look forward to the continued strengthening of security relationships. Nigeria’s leaders understand the importance of a collaborative approach to ensuring stability in West Africa and partnering on areas of mutual interest.”

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