Operatives of the Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA) in collaboration with the Nigerian Port Authority (NPA) over the weekend commenced a total clean-up exercise of all environmental degradation in Apapa and its environs.
According to statement signed by Adebayo Taofiq,
Director, Public Affairs and Enlightenment Department of LASTMA, and made available to Transport Day,
the General Manager of LASTMA Mr Bolaji Oreagba disclosed that the clean-up exercise on all environmental degradation began after the expiration of notices served on owners of illegal shanties, kiosks, containarised shops and abandoned trailers in Apapa and its environs.
Mr. Oreagba confirmed that the clean-up exercise which would last for 7 days began over the weekend with the demolition of several illegal shanties, kiosks , containarised shops, towing of abandoned trailers and dismantling of illegal garages.
He confirmed further that all those demolished illegal shanties around the Nigerian Port does not only constitute health and safety risks but, also served as a haven for criminals who make use of such locations as hideouts.
According to the General Manager “all abandoned trailers from the Nigerian Port’s first gate down to the underneath of Lilypond Bridge constituting environmental nuisance were all towed by the team.
“The area is becoming a breeding ground for miscreants and hoodlums who on daily basis extorts money from innocent motorists and impede the free flow of traffic.”
The General Manager Security of Nigerian Ports Authority, Mohammed Jamil Khalil hinted that the clean-up exercise on all environmental degradation in Apapa and its environs is long over-due.
He maintained that Nigerian Ports Authority carried out radio jingles and enlightenment campaigns educating members of the public on the need for the clean-up exercise.
Relevant Agencies of Government involved during the commencement of the clean-up exercise include Nigeria Police (Lagos State Ports Command), Op MESA and Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC).