Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA) has served a seven-day ‘Removal Order’ notice to owners/drivers of trucks, tankers, and trailers illegally parked under the Costain Bridge to the Iganmu Area of the State.
Special Adviser to the Governor on Transportation, Sola Giwa, who led officials of LASTMA to serve the notice in the area, said those equally affected by the ‘Removal Order’, include owners/occupiers of illegal structures, shanties, kiosks, and containerized shops under the Costain Bridge down to Iganmu axis.
He disclosed that the seven-day notice is coming after several days of inspections for a general clean-up exercise of the area by government officials.
According to him, “It was an eyesore seeing the level of degradation of our roads by the activities of these illegal squatters with miscreants and hoodlums freely smoking and selling Indian hemp under the bridge.”
Also, the General Manager, LASTMA, Bolaji Oreagba, said upon expiration of the ‘Removal Order’ notice on Sunday, September 18, 2022, LASTMA officials would embark on a thorough clean-up around the area and clamp down on all criminal elements disturbing law-abiding citizens and motorists.
Oreagba stressed that illegal business operators, including iron benders, mechanics, and food/fruit vendors, among others have turned the area into an unhealthy environment, adding that they have littered the entire vicinity with refuse and waste materials.
“It is interesting to note that none of these drivers parking their heavy-duty vehicles illegally, including owners of illegal structures, mechanics, and other operators under Costain Bridge has any permit from the State Government,” he added.