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Lagos government begins removal of illegal streets’, estates’ gates

Lagos government begins removal of illegal streets’, estates’ gates

- Lagos state Special Taskforce has started removing streets' and estates' gates that do not comply with Lagos state’s street-gate policy

- The street-gate policy directs that all roads, including streets and estates, must be accessible between 5am and midnight

- Lagos government warns that offenders may be arrested and prosecuted

The Lagos state Special Taskforce committee has started the removal of gates of estates and streets that have failed to comply with the state’s street-gate policy.

The Lagos state street-gate policy directs that all roads must be accessible between 5am and midnight within the metropolis and suburban areas of the state daily. gathers from the official Facebook page of the Lagos state government that the exercise has kicked-off in Surulere, Ajeromi Ifelodun, Ikeja, Isolo, Ikosi-Isheri, Ojodu and Amuwo-Odofin areas of the state.

The senior special assistant to the governor on community affairs, Tajudeen Adeniyi Quadri, said those violating the law were posing a great security threat to the government's resolve to achieve a safe and secured Lagos.

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He stated that the state’s policy on streets' and estates' gates was to ensure easy access for residents and all road users in the state.

He condemned the act of denying motorists and pedestrians access through the various community gates before the stipulated time.

Quadri also noted that illegal closure of gates makes it easy for criminals to rob residents as it is always difficult for security agencies come to the rescue of victims or apprehend the criminals.

He explained: “The act of partial or permanent closure of gates in violation of the regulations of the State affects businesses encourages miscreants to take advantage of residents and get away with their belongings and in case of fire outbreak the community affected will not be easily accessible by the Rescue teams.”

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Quadri warned that the street-gate policy is an executive order by Governor Akinwunmi Ambode and might warrant arrest and prosecution of representatives that do not comply with it. previously reported that the Lagos government said the state’s economy had received a major boost as spendings in the creative sector recorded an estimated N50 billion cash transactions in the first three weeks of December, 2017.

The state government said the peak in entertainment activities and the huge influx of people from neighbouring states and the diaspora on holiday visits impacted positively on its economy at a time that corporate sponsorship of the creative sector has also recorded an appreciable growth.

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