The Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has warned that illegal occupants, traders and squatters who have been cleared off the Lagos-Badagry expressway will lose their properties and means of livelihood should they return back to that corridor.
This is as the governor declared zero tolerance for encroachment on the right-of-way by anybody and said that the Task Force set up by the state is working to secure the entire right-of-way, remove miscreants and illegal trading activities along the entire corridor.
The warning was given by the visibly angry Governor during an inspection of the clean-up exercise along the 10-lane Lagos-Badagry Highway.
The exercise, being carried out by the Special Intervention Team, is led by Area Commander of Ikeja Police Division, Bayo Suleiman, an Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP).
In the ongoing clean-up operation, which started last month, the special Taskforce has successfully ejected illegal occupants and traders from Doyin section of the highway towards Mile 2, paving the way for road reconstruction and regeneration of the corridor.
Sanwo-Olu, who had one-on-one engagements with residents and traders along the route, assured that the Doyin section of the highway would will be properly reconstructed after the rainy season.
However, the Governor directed Lagos State Public Works to ensure continued palliative maintenance on the failed section.
Urging the residents to report illegal activities to the authorities, Sanwo-Olu said there would be continuous enforcement along the corridor and warned ejected squatters against returning to build shanties on the road.
Sanwo-Olu directed the special Taskforce to immediately begin the extensive clean-up of the other side of the expressway, following the ejection notice served to all illegal traders and squatters on the highway.
The affected people have limited time to move their wares. The Governor warned that any form of resistance would be met with stiff force.
Sanwo-Olu moved to Oke Arin Market at Apogbon axis of Eko Bridge to monitor compliance with the government’s regulations regarding the use of the space under the bridge.
Sanwo-Olu said the effort was aimed at improving public safety and protecting public facilities for durability. He disclosed that the exercise will be extended to other parts of the State, including Agege, Lagos Island, Ikeja and other areas where illegal traders have encroached on the right-of-way of public transport.
Babaloja of Coker-Aguda Local Council Development Area, Alhaji Kabiru Abubakare, who joined the Governor during the inspection, pledged to work with the State Government to ensure compliance to the directive.