The Lagos State Environmental Sanitation Corps has warned transporters, particularly members of the National Union of Road Transport Workers and Road Transport Employers Association of Nigeria to desist from attacking its operatives on duty.
Speaking on the sidelines of a recent attack on the operatives, the Corps Marshal of the Agency, Gbemisola Akinpelu, stated that the acts would no longer be tolerated by the state government.
According to her, the operatives are on official duty to rid the environment of illegal street traders and hawkers, who occupy the walkways, road setbacks and medians of major highways across the state.
“There was a recent attack allegedly unleashed on some of our operatives by some members of the NURTW, opposite Cathedral Church, Marina, Lagos Island, when the special squad of the agency was about to dislodge some street hawkers along this axis.
“This resulted in some personnel sustaining injuries and were immediately moved to the General Hospital, Lagos Island, for urgent medical treatment,” she stated.
Akinpelu also disclosed that there had been several of such attacks by hoodlums and touts on personnel during routine operations of dislodging street traders and hawkers occupying medians, walkways and road setbacks created for pedestrians.
The corps marshal explained that the enforcement exercise is in line with the directives of Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu that all the roads in the state be rid of any form of an impediment for free flow of traffic, as well as safety of all, as walkways are meant for pedestrians and not for trading activities.
She also pointed out that people should go into state-approved markets to engage in trading activities, instead of hawking on the streets, declaring that anybody found indulging in such illegal act or attacking government operatives would be made to face the law.
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