12th July, 2012
The Lagos State House of Assembly has directed the chairmen of the 57 Local Government Councils and Local Council Development Areas, the State ministries of Works and Infrastructure, Transportation, Environment and Commerce and Industry to ensure that all mechanic workshops operating on walkways across the State are cleared.
The House also directed all relevant enforcement agencies to ensure that no trading activities on walkways are allowed henceforth.
According to the prime mover of the motion, Rotimi Olowo, representing Somolu Constituency I, the unwholesome and carefree act of this category of individuals contribute immensely to the untidiness of the environment and also increase the cost of maintaining roads by the State Government.
Olowo noted that, “dumping of refuse, abandoning of vehicles, use of walkways as trading spots and spillage of chemical products such as grease or lubricants are part of the undermining factors that cause damage to these roads which consequently restrains easy flow of traffic in the state.”
The lawmaker also frowned at the indiscriminate misuse of motorable roads as refuse dumps as well as dumping grounds for abandoned vehicles by residents and artisans in the State.
The House, after intense debate, consequently directed concerned government agencies to effect the directive and resolution of the House with immediate effect.