Lagos Task Force Cracks Down on Illegal Traders, Structures in Maryland

As part of the move to reclaim public spaces and ensure environmental sustainability, the Lagos State Commissioner for Environmental and Water Resources, Tokunbo Wahab, announced a targeted enforcement operation led by the Special Operatives of the Lagos Environmental Sanitation Corps.

Commissioner Wahab emphasized the directive to address the persistent challenge posed by recalcitrant street traders and the proliferation of illegal structures on drainage setbacks. The focal point of this operation was the bustling area adjacent to the Mende Road, specifically the perimeter fence near the State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB) and opposite the Nigeria Electricity Power Authority (NEPA) office in Maryland.

The operation aimed not only to dislodge street traders but also to dismantle unauthorized structures that had been repurposed as makeshift wares depots. The choice of this location was strategic, targeting a hotspot where illegal activities had encroached upon public spaces critical for drainage.

Illegal structures, often serving as hubs for various commercial activities, were identified as a significant impediment to effective drainage systems. This crackdown underscores the government’s commitment to mitigating flooding risks and ensuring the longevity of infrastructure.

The Lagos Environmental Sanitation Corps, equipped with the necessary mandate, executed the enforcement operation efficiently. The operation’s success relied on a combination of strategic planning and on-the-ground action to address the root causes of the issue.

Commissioner Wahab affirmed the government’s determination to maintain the environmental integrity of Lagos State, emphasizing that such measures were vital for the well-being of the populace.

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