30th April, 2012
The Lagos State Taskforce on Environment and Special Offences (Enforcement) Unit will any time from now dislodge mechanics and others persons obstructing the construction of the ongoing Light Rail project by the state government.
Mechanics and motor oil sellers have converted the entire stretch between Orile and Ijora area of Lagos, where the project is ongoing to workshop and litter the environment with dangerous chemicals.
The Lagos Area Metropolitan Transport Authority, LAMATA, had cried out to the taskforce to remove the mechanics from the area as they destroyed the pillium base with waste oil, impeding the progress of work.
According to the Taskforce Chairman, Supol Bayo Sulaiman, the taskforce first issued 48 hours ultimatum to the mechanics to vacate the area last week but noted that, on expiration, the mechanics begged for more time which was granted.
He stated that the government could no longer give them more time, saying that the taskforce officials had gone to the area to issue the final warning to the mechanics.
Sulaiman said the government was now ready to swoop on the mechanics and dislodge them any time from now, adding that the taskforce would do that unannounced.
The taskforce boss lamented that the presence of mechanics in that axis had been impeding the construction works and that they must leave the area to pave way for the project immediately.
“They are infringing on the works of the contractor. The mechanics under the bridge being constructed are not allowing the work to move,” he said.