The Lagos State Government (LASG) has given commercial drivers and squatters beneath the Obalende Bridge a four-day notice to evacuate their makeshift shelters and relocate any unauthorized motor parks to officially recognized parks within the state.
The ultimatum was announced in a statement released on Sunday by Kunle Adeshina, the Director of Public Affairs at the Lagos State Ministry of Environment.
Adeshina quoted the Commissioner of Environment, Tokunbo Wahab, who emphasized that all abandoned vehicles, makeshift shelters, and their occupants beneath the Obalende Bridge must evacuate by Thursday afternoon. He highlighted that enforcement of this directive would commence on Friday morning.
Furthermore, Adeshina urged commercial vehicle owners who are contributing to the deterioration of Obalende’s aesthetics to relocate to one of the numerous designated parks established for them across the state.
“The Lagos State Parks and Gardens Agency would move in after the squatters have been removed to commence work on the beautification and landscaping of Obalende Under-Bridge, Apongbon Under-Bridge, Ebute Ero Under-Bridge,” the commissioner said.
According to reports, the Lagos State Government had previously given a comparable ultimatum to squatters residing beneath the Ijora Causeway Bridge and the overpass of the Lagos Blue Rail Line.