28th June, 2010
The Lagos Island Central Business District, CBD, used to to shoppers through the establishment of CBD Traffic and Sanitation Corps.
â€œCarter bridge was decongested of its usual stationary traffic caused by commuter busÂ operators who had turned the bridge to both boarding and discharging point.
â€œIn addition, street traders who had hitherto displayed their wares on both sides of the bridge and adjoining pedestrian bridge were dislodged and forced back to their shops,Â The commuter bus operators were provided with alternative parking lot and ease of passage and the pedestrians were encouraged to use the pedestrianâ€™s bridge,â€ he said.
â€œFurthermore, the hitherto vandalized iron barriers of the pedestrian walkway of the Carter Bridge from Idumota to Iddo was replaced with newly fabricated iron steels, while the hand railings of the pedestrian bridge and the stairwells were replaced and repaired respectively to restore their lost beauty. Â Â Â Â Â “These were done to prevent competition over the use of the bridge road by vehicles and pedestrians while further protecting pedestrians from avoidable accident.Â Â Â Â Â â€œThe problem of unavailability of toilets which made human waste a common feature in the area has been addressed. The construction of toilet facility to stem the incessant pollution of the environment in five locations are 90 percent completed,â€ he added. Â Â The special adviser disclosed that over 100 street directional and traffic signs had been installed on major streets in the area in the last one year which had assisted motorists and pedestrians to easily identify streets on the CBD where street trading is prohibited and easy recognition of vehicular movement restriction.
According to him, over 200 victims, which included shoppers, residents, and business owners, that were involved in Okada and vehicleÂ accidents had been treated in the hospital.
HeÂ also appealed to the traders to take advantage of owning a shop at the newly commissioned Oluwole Market on Martins Street; shops and stalls at Bombata, Oke â€“Arin and Ebute â€“ Ero Markets, warning that street trading and acts inimical to development within the area would no longer be tolerated.