• Mon. Feb 26th, 2024

Lagos State Government Takes Decisive Action, Clears Illegal Squatters From Ijora Under Bridge Over Environmental Concerns

In a resolute move to combat further environmental violations, the Lagos State Government has initiated the dislodgment of illegal squatters residing under the Ijora Bridge. The enforcement action, executed by the Lagos Waste Management Authority (LAWMA), followed a one-week ultimatum issued earlier by the Commissioner for the Environment and Water Resources, Mr. Tokunbo Wahab.

The commissioner emphasized that the exercise aimed to address severe environmental abuse perpetrated by the illegal squatters. He stressed that the state government is unwavering in restoring order to the environment throughout the metropolis.

Mr. Wahab stated, “The dislodgment exercise under the Ijora Bridge is a continuation of our unwavering commitment to restoring environmental sanity across the state. These illegal settlements not only pose serious health and safety risks but also contribute significantly to the littering and defacement of public spaces. We will not tolerate such disregard for the environment and the well-being of residents.”

This move serves as a stern warning to others contemplating similar actions. The state government asserts its determination to take decisive measures to protect the environment and ensure the well-being of all Lagosians.

“The state governor took an oath of office to safeguard the lives and properties of over 22 million Lagosians. Hence, the law has to be enforced without fear nor favor. It is a zero tolerance for all forms of infraction,” he added.

LAWMA Managing Director/CEO, Dr. Muyiwa Gbadegesin, affirmed the Authority’s commitment to establishing a cleaner and healthier environment. The dislodgment of illegal squatters under the Ijora Bridge signifies a significant step in addressing environmental concerns in the area.

“We are committed to ensuring a clean and healthy environment for all residents of Lagos. The enforcement action under the Ijora Bridge is a crucial step in achieving this goal. We will continue to identify and address environmental challenges across the state, working tirelessly to make Lagos a cleaner, more sustainable city,” he said.

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