Lagos Arrests 1,866 for Violating Environmental Laws

The Commissioner for the Environment and Water Resources, Mr. Tokunbo Wahab, at the Lagos State Government Y2024 Ministerial Press Briefing held at the Bagauda Kaltho Press Centre Alausa, disclosed how the premier environmental enforcement Agency, the Lagos Environmental Sanitation Corps (LAGESC) popularly known as KAI arrested and prosecuted a total of 1,886 defaulters
comprising illegal traders, street traders, highway crossing defaulters, environmental polluters and cart pushers.

The Environment Commissioner while rendering account of his stewardship as the supervising Commissioner of all Agencies charged to exhaust the larger mandate of the Ministry reeled out the scorecard of high points recorded in past year, with KAI being also singled out for praise in environmental enforcement as part of its mandate which is geared towards promoting a cleaner and healthier environment in the State.

The Agency in collaboration with the Lagos State Taskforce embarked on the dislodgement of traders displaying their wares for sale on the walkways, lay-bys, and government setbacks and the removal of all major infractions at Orile and Abule-Egba axis of the Lagos-Abeokuta Expressway while sanity is regularly sustained by men of the Agency in other locations such as Oshodi , Ikorodu and other areas of the state.”

Highlighting the necessities of inter-agency cooperation towards activating the environmental mandate of Mr. Governor in making Lagos habitable for all, the Commissioner also revealed that the Agency in conjunction with the Special Task force effected the clearing of the rail tracks and the demolition of more than 500 shanties and illegal structures occupying Apongbon Under bridge, Lekki, Victoria Island, Agege, Obalende and the axis of the Lagos-Badagry Expressway.

Mr. Wahab finally highlighted the drastic reduction in street hawking recorded across major highways while clearing of environmental nuisance as well as sustenance has been a continuous process at various Bus Rapid Transport (BRT) Parks making transportation easy for the citizenry, “The KAI /LAGESC operatives in conjunction with the State Task Force on Special Offences also cleared the Ijora Causeway underbridge, Apongbon Underbridge, Obalende Underbridge which have become abode to undesirable elements who posed security risk to the state and the clearing of Lagos Coastal Road at Maiyegun Estate, Jakande preparatory to the commencement of the construction of the Lagos Calabar Coastal road”.

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