To ensure a cleaner Lagos State after the ENDSARS protests, the State Environmental Sanitation Corps (LAGESC) has reiterated its readiness to return to work and make the city clean and habitable.
The LAGESC Corps Marshal, Gbemisola Akinpelu (rtd) stated this at a meeting with Divisional Heads at the Command headquarters, Oshodi,stressing ‘’there is urgent need for us to continue with our statutory duties of ensuring that every part of the State is free of environmental nuisances and infractions as Lagos remains the centre of excellence’’.
Mrs Akinpelu however, expressed displeasure over the destruction of public and private properties by hoodlums who hijacked the peaceful EndSARS protest. She further disclosed that about six of its operational vehicles were burnt by hoodlums alongside other government property, which resulted in huge losses to the State Government.
She assured that the destruction will not make the agency relent in its operations, as the Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu -led administration was doing everything possible to return the state to normalcy. She added that there were also plans to open up the State’s economy for business to thrive and create an enabling environment for investment and job creation.
Akinpelu sought the support of stakeholders, especially traders, to ply their trade within the designated areas, warning against trading on walkways and pedestrian bridges. She also advised pedestrians to always use the footbridges to avoid being knocked down or create traffic gridlocks associated with crossing of the major highways, especially during peak hours.
The Corps Marshal also called on some recalcitrant traders who had relocated to areas already cleared by the operatives, to vacate those areas. She said the areas include, Ikeja, Oyingbo, Oke-do, Agric Bus Stop, Ikorodu Round-About and the stretch of Victoria Island-Ikoyi, adding that there is zero tolerance to street trading and hawking.