In a bid to rid the State of environmental nuisance and achieve a cleaner environment, the Lagos Environmental Sanitation Corps (LAGESC), in a joint operation with the Governors’ Office Taskforce Team, Ministry of the Environment and Water Resources enforcement arm, has removed illegal structures on the Abule-Egba stretch of the Lagos-Abeokuta Expressway and Agege area of the State.
Speaking on the joint operation at the Command Headquarters, Bolade-Oshodi, the Corps Marshal of LAGESC, CP Gbemisola Akinpelu (rtd.), said the exercise was embarked upon because illegal structures on the Abule-Egba axis of the Lagos-Abeokuta Expressway and Agege had encroached on the right of way.
She said: “The occupiers of the illegal structures on the Egbeda axis and the developer of a block of shops at Agege had earlier been served with abatement notices but they failed to comply. This was why our Special Squad had to remove these structures in conjunction with the Governors’ Office Special Project team and the Ministry of the Environment and Water Resources enforcement arm”.
The Corps Marshal also revealed that the State Government will no longer condone the menace of car dealers, water tank sellers and illegal shop extensions along the axis because the business owners are turning the lay-bys and setbacks to illegal car lots, thereby obstructing the right of way for government projects.
While affirming that the operation will be continuous, CP Akinpelu (rtd.) disclosed that the Agency will extend the exercise to every part of the State in its determination to curb all environmental infractions, remove illegal structures and free the walkways, lay-bys and setbacks of all forms of obstruction.