Lagos State Government has announced that it would commence work on the beautification and landscaping of the whole stretch of outer Marina.
It therefore issued marching orders to all street traders, squatters and occupiers of shanties and commercial vehicles presently on the stretch of Outer Marina up till the frontage of the State House Marina from the foot of Apongbon Bridge to immediately vacate the area or get arrested and prosecuted.
The State Commissioner for the Environment and Water Resources, Mr Tunji Bello in a statement signed by AD Public Affairs, Kunle Adeshina said, “the State Government through the Lagos State Parks and Garden Agency would commence work on the beautification and landscaping of the whole stretch of outer Marina and it has become expedient to clear the area.
“Operatives of the State Task Force of Environmental and Special Offences will move to the area and commence enforcement of the state laws on all offenders including commercial vehicles that stop and pick passengers indiscriminately in Marina from next week.
“All commercial vehicle operators in Marina to henceforth move their vehicles to the designated Park in Marina as all vehicles seen picking, dropping passengers and all those stopping at the foot of the bridge along the road in Marina will be towed away and the owner prosecuted.
“All pedestrians in the habit of dashing across the road and not climbing the provided overhead bridge would be arrested by officials of the State Environmental Sanitation Corps (LAGESC) who would be deployed to the location.
“The State Governor, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu intends to restore the greenery and beautified nature of the whole stretch of Marina before Christmas, just as he intends to do to all parts of the state.
“The State Task Force on Environmental and Special Offences will soon be moving to Ikoyi and Victoria Island to clean up the area in terms of environmental nuisances,” he said
He reiterated his warning to street traders in all different parts of the state that no area would be left out of enforcement by the present administration, reminding that Oyingbo has just been cleared of street traders and man-made traffic bottlenecks and sustained.