By Olasunkanmi Akoni
LAGOS—AS part of moves to rid the state of traffic nuisances, operatives of the Lagos State Environmental Sanitation and Special Offences (Taskforce) Unit and Lagos State Environmental Sanitation Corps, LAGESC, at the weekend, commenced operation to dislodge illegal trading on road set-backs and walk-ways across the state.
It also arrested seven illegal traders around Ikeja in the process.
Chairman of the taskforce, Chief Superintendent of Police, Mr. Olayinka Egbeyemi said the exercise became necessary to clear the state of illegal traders, hawkers and other environmental nuisances which has been impeding free flow of traffic around Kodesho Street, Medical Road and Ikeja under bridge towards railway line.
Egbeyemi said: “Despite continuous advocacy, enlightenment and appeals from the government some illegal traders and hawkers were still in the habit of violating the extant environmental laws of the state by causing disorder and serious environmental infraction on the roads through their activities.
“All illegal traders and hawkers must vacate the roads in order to drastically reduce inconveniences to motorists, enhance the sustainability of the environment and protect public infrastructure which were often vandalized by hawkers and street traders.”
Egbeyemi said that government would not tolerate the disregard of law from any quarters, particularly traders who were fond of converting every available space into market as such untoward acts needlessly inconvenience other law abiding citizens.”
He disclosed that during the exercise seven illegal traders were arrested while different types of good ranging from fairly used clothes (okrika), shoes, belt, fairly used electronics, gas cylinders mobile phone accessories were also confiscated by the enforcement team.
“This is a pointer to other locations such as; Oyingbo, Bariga, Mushin, Yaba, Orile-Iganmu, Apapa, Ikorodu, Mile 12, Ojota, Ojora, Obalende and Lagos Island where activities of these illegal traders impede the free flow of traffic. This will not be business as usual till zero tolerance is maintained.”