As part of measures to ensure a hitch-free and safe shopping within the Lagos Island Business Districts during yuletide, the Office of the Special Adviser to the Governor on Central Business Districts, Mr. Olarenwaju Elegushi has commenced sensitisation of traders, customers and visitors against street trading, parking on the bridges and dumping of waste on the streets and drainages.
Speaking during commencement of the campaign, Elegushi said the initiative was part of measures to ensure that the business district is clean and healthy to do business during the period, adding that the enlightenment programme was necessary, in view of the high number of visitors expected at the business district and the attendant security, sanitation and traffic challenges.
“We have printed enlightenment materials to further educate visitors and traders within the CBD zone especially Balogun, UBA/Tinubu, Ereko/Martins, Alli Balogun and Nnamdi Azikiwe streets, outer and inner Marina as well as Idumota axis to ensure that everyone coming to the Island on daily basis for business and private visits are abreast of the need to keep the business district safe and clean”, he stated.
While urging Lagosians to be vigilant during the yuletide period, Elegushi said the CBD enforcement unit and other government agencies are fully prepared to ensure that hitches and other security challenges associated with the high influx of shoppers and traders into the Island are curtailed and well managed.
He also disclosed that CBD enforcement Unit, in conjunction with other government agencies, has commenced joint patrol of CBD enclaves during the day to ensure that traffic and security challenges are addressed.
The Special Adviser, therefore, called on street traders displaying their goods along walkways as well as motorists parking on bridges to desist from the practice as the State will continue to arrest defaulters.