The Lagos State Government has asked owners of shanties along the Blue Rail line to leave.
Tokunbo Wahab, the Lagos state’s Commissioner for the Environment and Water Resources, gave the directive during an inspection of some of the infractions in the corridor in Orile.
The ministry’s Director of Public Affairs Kunle Adeshina said, “Commissioner for the Environment and Water Resources, Tokunbo Wahab in furtherance of the directives of Mr Governor on Sunday supervised the removal of shanties on the setbacks and rights of way of Lagos Blue Rail line corridor from Orile to Iyana Iba urging those all those concerned to either move behind the road setback or relocate outright,”.
The Commissioner who spoke alongside the chairman of the Special Intervention Team for the restoration of the Blue line Right of Way, ACP Bayo Sulaiman at Orile during an inspection of some of the infractions on the corridor said there is a need to ensure a complete restoration of the right of way.
He added that in addition to the Blue Line rail right of way which has been infringed, the Lagos Badagry Expressway is an international highway whose setback must be observed.
The Commissioner said the enforcement becomes imperative following the expiration of the one-month notice given by Mr. Governor to all street traders, squatters, and occupiers of shanties and abandoned vehicles presently on the stretch of Lagos – Badagry Expressway from Orile up to Iyana-Iba.
Accompanied by Permanent Secretary Office of Environmental Services, Dr. Gaji Omobolaji, and his counterpart in the Office of Drainage Services, Engr. Lekan Shodeinde and GM LASPARK, Toun Popoola, the Commissioner said he is moving around to ensure that the right-of-way is secured and illegal trading sites and settlements along the corridor are pulled down.