Lagos State Government has taken to its Facebook page to announce the evacuation of abandoned vehicles, disused vehicles and tricycles littering roads in the state.
The State Government which made the announcement through the Special Adviser to the Governor on Central Business Districts, Hon. Agboola Dabiri said it has inaugurated a Committee to proffer ways of eliminating the traffic congestion along the Apongbon-Marina axis of Lagos Island.
It has also appointed vehicular scrap collection agent in line with Section 56 sub-section (1) of the Lagos State Harmonised Environmental Law, 2017 whose activity will commence from Saturday, July 1st, 2017.
The Special Adviser while inaugurating the Committee in Alausa said the traffic menace has become a source of concern for the government and therefore, it is being tackled head-on to find an enduring solution to the perennial logjam.
Dabiri urged members of the Committee to find a lasting situation that will reduce drastically the perennial traffic situation on the Apongbon Marina axis, just as it was done in Oshodi.
Speaking further, he informed the Committee members that about 5000 vehicles come into the Island daily and most of them come to do business in the Apongbon, Idumota, and Marina axis” and asked them to proffer solutions on how well to manage the high traffic experienced daily along the routes.
The Special Adviser disclosed that as part of efforts at reducing the traffic situation in the area, a new park has been approved in Ajegboro, Leventis on Lagos Island for use by commercial vehicles to load and offload passengers instead of discharging passengers directly on the road.
The Committee is expected to submit its report within one week.
The statement released by the state government to this effect read:
Evacuation of abandoned vehicles on Lagos roads
In furtherance of its spirited effort to make Lagos State cleaner, healthier and more liveable, the Lagos State Government has established a special taskforce for the removal of abandoned and disused vehicles and tricycles littering the State.
Similarly, the State Government has appointed vehicular scrap collection agent in line with Section 56 sub-section (1) of the Lagos State Harmonised Environmental Law, 2017 whose activity will commence from Saturday, July 1st 2017.
Consequently, Lagosians are hereby notified of the operational procedure of the Taskforce as follows:
i. Pasting of Removal Notice Stickers on identified abandoned vehicles with a 7-day period for self-removal by owners of the vehicle
ii. Upon expiration of the grace period, identified abandoned vehicles will be removed by the taskforce to a designated depot within the State.
iii. Where such vehicles are unclaimed within 30 days, the vehicles will be forfeited to the government and undergo proper disposal accordingly.
The General public is hereby advised to comply strictly with this directive while Security agencies are urged to ensure compliance.