Squatters and Operators of illegal motor parks in Obalende Lagos given a four day notice to vacate

Sunday, February 11, 2024 
-The Lagos State Government on Sunday gave a four-day relocation notice to all squatters under the Obalende bridge as well as illegal motor park operators and buses who have moved to the main roads.

The directive came from the Commissioner for the Ministry of Environment and Water Resources, Tokunbo Wahab and his counterpart in the transportation ministry, Oluwaseun Osiyemi.

 Wahab and Osiyemi alongside the Special Adviser on Environment, Kunle Rotimi-Akodu, Transportation, Hon. Sola Giwa and Permanent Secretary, Drainages, Engr Mahmood Adegbite also inspected Apongbon Underbridge, Ijora Underbridge and Surulere opposite National Stadium, the Director of Public Affairs, Ministry of the Environment and Water Resources, Kunle Adeshina, said in a statement on Sunday.

Speaking with journalists after the inspection, Wahab said all shanties, dwellers, traders, squatters and abandoned vehicles presently under the Obalende bridge must vacate the area by Thursday afternoon as enforcement would commence in the early hours of Friday.

He added that all commercial vehicle operators who are on the main roads in Obalende must relocate to the various parks provided for them because the “government has had enough of the defacement of the aesthetics of Obalende by the operators and it must now be restored”.

Wahab said there was no going back on the order given to the squatters and motorists in Obalende which informed the presence of executives from the transportation sector.

He also inspected the ongoing clean-up of Apongbon Underbridge, Ebute Ero and other areas.

He asked monitoring state officials to ensure full compliance with Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu’s directive that there should be no form of trading or habitation under the bridge and all adjoining areas.

“I will like to state that I am happy with the level of compliance at Ijora, Apongbon & Ebute Ero under bridge where the cleanup exercise commenced two weeks ago,” the statement quoted Wahab as saying.

“The government is set to sustain a clean and safe environment.”

He added that in a matter of months, the space will be taken over by LASPARK.

He said the State Parks and Gardens Agency would move in after the deadline to commence work on the beautification and landscaping of Obalende Underbridge, Apongbon Underbridge, and Ebute Ero Underbridge, stressing that the clean-up exercise would spread across the state.

He said, “Most of the places cleaned up are notorious sites that harbour criminals thereby becoming threats to the Blue line rail project bridges that pass through Ijora and one that the state government has invested huge resources in.”

Earlier at the Ilubirin end of Lagos Island, Wahab described Ilubirin as strategic because the government is set to regenerate Isale Eko and to do that there is a “need to get the outflow of water through Ilubirin path”.

He recalled that the governor was at Isale Eko late last year with the promise of regeneration, adding that the contractor needs to speed up the pace of work to ensure that the project is completed before the rainy season begins.

The Commissioner for Transportation, Mr. Oluwaseun Osiyemi said his ministry’s collaboration with the Ministry of Environment and Water Resources has been beneficial to the state government in delivering its mandate.

He stated that a park existed at Obalende for the use of motor park operators but has been taken over by shanties and squatters.

He added that immediately after the clean-up is done, the park operators will be compelled to take over their parks and move away from the roads.

The Special Adviser on Environment, Mr. Olakunle Rotimi-Akodu said the objective of the exercise was clear, adding that the government means well for the people of Lagos and as such the beauty of the state will be restored.

“This clean-up exercise is necessary because illegal occupiers threaten our security and hinder economic survival in the state. The yearning of the people is what the government is out to achieve," he said

He urged all residents to ensure that they cooperate with the state government in its bid to have a cleaner and healthier Lagos.

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