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Stop Trading Under Bridges, FG Warns Lagosians

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The Federal Government has warned Lagos residents to desist from trading under the bridges in the state.

Speaking on behalf of the FG, the Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, while inspecting the recently burnt Eko bridge, said bridges are built for the ease of vehicular movement not for buying and selling.

He urged residents to put in effort to stop traders who use under bridges to market and sell their wares.

As the government put laws asking people to stop selling under the bridge, buyers should as well automatically stop patronising sellers at such unhealthy locations.

He said, “If you don’t pass tough laws, things will not be done. You have our support. Under bridges are not places of cooking or residing place, and it’s not only endangering their lives but also the lives of other people. Illegal ways of living must be put to an end.

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“We are appealing to the Lagos State government to ensure that all trading activities under the bridges in the state must, as a matter of urgency, be brought to a stop.

“We seek the cooperation of the Ministry of Transportation, Environment, and Local Government law enforcement agencies to help us preserve our bridges.”

Speaking also, the Deputy Governor of Lagos State, Dr. Olufemi Hamzat, warned the citizens to desist from doing business under the bridge and live the right way for the interest of others.

According to him, the State government is willing to support in any way that will ensure quick compliance by citizens to stop the illegal use of the under bridges.

“The State Government will be available to monitor the process and provide assistance where necessary to ensure that the contractor has a smooth operation. In the aspect of people trading under the bridge, we will communicate with the appropriate department to ensure that the issue is addressed”, he said.

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