In line with the State Government’s directives to clear vehicles from bridges in the Lagos Island business district, a coordinated operation involving operatives from the Central Business District (CBD), LASTMA, the Army, and the Police was conducted today to dislodge vehicles parked on Ebute Ero, Idumota, and Carter Bridges, all situated within Lagos Island.
Not even heavy-duty vehicles parked beneath the Iddo Bridge were spared, as the enforcement team diligently removed Lorries and Trucks that had been illegally occupying the triangular layby at Iddo, just opposite the railway terminus.
During the joint operation, Mr. Sola Giwa, the Special Adviser on Transportation, who led the task force, emphasised the Governor’s “vacation order” to address the issue of commercial bus drivers and vehicles parked haphazardly on bridges throughout the state. He reaffirmed that the State would fully enforce these directives, highlighting the fact that the activities of these commercial bus drivers on bridges violate the provisions of the Lagos State Transport Sector Reform Law 2018, as amended. Additionally, their actions have been negatively impacting the structural integrity of these bridges. Mr. Giwa also stated that all offenders apprehended during these operations would be promptly brought before the Lagos State Mobile Court for prosecution.
In response to the cleanup efforts, Mrs. Bola Olumegbon Lawal, the Special Adviser to the Governor on Central Business Districts, emphasised that by removing buses parked indiscriminately on roads and bridges within the business district, travel times within the district would significantly decrease. Mrs. Lawal further stressed the commitment of the CBD to sustaining the gains made through these joint operations, ensuring that motorists do not revert to parking on the bridges.