The Lagos State Government, in collaboration with the Nigerian Port Authority (NPA), has embarked on a total clean-up exercise of all environmental degradation in Apapa and its environs. The clean-up exercise began after the expiration of notices served on owners of illegal shanties, kiosks, containerised shops, and abandoned trailers in Apapa and its environs. The exercise will last for seven days and began over the weekend with the demolition of several illegal shanties, kiosks, and containerised shops, towing of abandoned trailers and dismantling of illegal garages.
The General Manager of the Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA), Bolaji Oreagba, explained that the illegal shanties, kiosks, containerised shops, and abandoned trailers not only constitute environmental degradation but also serve as a haven for criminals who make use of such locations as hideouts. He added that the area is becoming a breeding ground for miscreants and hoodlums who extort money from innocent motorists and impede the free flow of traffic.
The General Manager Security of Nigerian Ports Authority, Mohammed Jamil Khalil, stressed that the clean-up exercise on all environmental degradation in Apapa is necessary to ensure the safety of motorists and residents in the area. He added that the NPA is committed to working with the Lagos State Government to ensure that the area is free from environmental degradation and criminal activities.
The clean-up exercise is part of the Lagos State Government’s efforts to improve the living conditions of residents in the state and ensure a safe and secure environment for all.