The operatives of the Lagos State Environmental and Special Offences (Enforcement) Unit (Task Force) on Wednesday issued a seven-day ‘Removal Notice’ to owners/occupants of illegal structures/shanties around public schools at Mile 2, Badagry Expressway, Lagos.
The structures include: mechanic workshops, containarised kiosks and commercial bus garages.
The Chairman of the agency, Olayinka Egbeyemi, a Chief Superintendent of Police, disclosed this when he addressed illegal owners/occupants, traders/mechanics and sectional heads of the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW), at Mile 2.
He warned them to vacate the area as well as the vicinity of the schools within the stipulated period
Egbeyemi said the removal order became imperative following outcries by residents, particularly the management of public schools (Imoye High School and Amuwo Odofin Junior Secondary School), which criminals have turned to their hideouts/spots for carrying out their nefarious activities, thereby making the environment not conducive for learning.
He said: “It is disheartening seeing these illegal business operators like mechanics, iron benders, food/fruit vendors and others turning the perimeter fence of these schools into illegal trading spots. In addition, they have littered the area with refuse.”
The chairman said investigation showed that the illegal structures/shanties, which served as the abode of criminals who robbed people of their belongings along the Lagos-Badagry Expressway, did not have approval by the government.
He said after the expiration of the removal order on March 4, the agency will embark on a clean-up in the area and clamp down on criminals.
Egbeyemi warned traders and occupants not to bribe anyone in order to prevent or stop the removal order, stressing that Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu has, on compassionate ground, approved compensation for those who deserve it.