As part of plans aimed at morphing Lagos State into a mega city, the government has commenceced efforts towards the protection of all monumental arcades within the state. This development will protect the structures from street trading, hawking and other environmental nuisances.
Speaking on process, the Chairman of the Lagos State Task Force, SP Olayinka Egbeyemi, stated that while many of these ‘Monumental Arcades’ were primarily meant to preserve our cultural heritage and to serve as achieves for academic research, others were provided just for relaxation and were named after heroes of this country.
In his words, “the increasing rate of environmental nuisances particularly street trading and hawking around Tinubu Square and all other ‘Monumental Arcades’ provided by Governor Akinwunmi Ambode is worrisome. Most of them by extension now block road setbacks and walkways constructed around the arcade. “
“Henceforth our agency would strictly implement the Lagos State Environmental Sanitation Laws on any arrested street traders/hawkers causing environmental nuisances besides and around all monumental arcades across the State,” Egbeyemi added.
Furthermore, he enjoined market leaders across the state to warn traders and hawkers to immediately stop displaying and selling wares besides and around all monumental arcades provided by the government.
Egbeyemi also advised traders not to extend their trading activities beyond areas strictly earmarked for market by the government as anyone arrested selling on road setbacks and walkways across the State would be charge to environmental courts and have their wares confiscated.