The Lagos government has served a seven-day ‘removal order’ notice to owners/ drivers of trucks, tankers and trailers illegally parked under the Costain Bridge in the Iganmu area of the state.
Special Adviser to the Governor on Transportation, Sola Giwa, led officials of the Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA) to serve the notice to the owners of the trucks in the area in Lagos on Tuesday.
Mr Giwa said those equally affected by the notice include owners and occupiers of illegal structures, shanties, kiosks and containerised shops under the Costain Bridge down to the Iganmu axis.
He disclosed that the notice was coming after several days of inspection ahead of a general clean-up of the area by some of the officials of the state government.
“It is an eyesore seeing the level of degradation of our roads by the activities of the illegal squatters.
“The state government is doing the clean-up because the so-called miscreants and hoodlums freely smoke and sell Indian hemp under the bridge,” he said.
Also speaking, the LASTMA general manager, Bolaji Oreagba, said that upon the notice of expiration on Sunday, LASTMA officials would embark on a thorough clean-up around the area.
Mr Oreagba added that there would be a clampdown on all criminal elements disturbing law-abiding citizens and motorists around the area.
“There are illegal business operators, including iron benders, mechanics and food/fruit vendors, among others, that have turned the area into an unhealthy environment.
“They have littered the entire vicinity with indiscriminate dumping of refuse and waste materials,” he said.
Mr Oreagba noted that no drivers parking their heavy-duty vehicles illegally, including owners of illegal structures and mechanics under the bridge, had any permit from the state government.