By Ajayi Celestine
In a bid to ensure the free flow of traffic across Lagos State, the Lagos State Government has issued a 7-day notice to all communities to remove unapproved street gates.
The state government directed that the communities should either leave such gates open between 5 a.m and 12 a.m or have them dismantled, as their actions contravene the provisions of the State Traffic Laws and Regulations.
This order was contained in a statement titled, “LASG issues 7-day removal notice to communities with unapproved street gates,” which was issued by the Lagos State Commissioner for Transportation, Dr. Frederic Oladeinde, on Friday, December 4, 2020.
Oladeinde pointed out that the ministry, in conjunction with that of Local Government and Community Affairs, has the regulatory authority on the installation of gates towards enhancing traffic management on the inner roads, while protecting the lives and property of the affected communities.
“In line with its policy and regulations on Traffic Management geared towards improving the free flow of traffic across the metropolis, the Lagos State Government has issued a seven-day removal notice to communities with unapproved street gates in the State, with a directive to either leave such gates open between 5 a.m and midnight or have them dismantled.
During the recent inspection exercise conducted by the officials of the Ministry of Transportation, it was discovered that some communities have sited gates on some inner roads to avoid vehicular movement on their streets, and this unruly act has contributed to the heavy traffic congestion currently being experienced on our roads on daily basis” the statement read in part.
The Commissioner further announced that while it is expected that all street gates across the state are opened between 5 am and 12 midnight, the gates must be manned by security personnel engaged by the community or residents’ association and must be opened for emergency services such as police, ambulance, and fire service activities at any time.
He also explained that the Special Committee set up by the Lagos State Ministry of Transportation on the demolition of gated streets has commenced the enforcement exercise on the removal of gates in locations that failed to comply with the government’s directive on Gated Streets regulation.
Oladeinde, therefore, urged communities with Government approval for the installation of gates on their streets to come forward with their documents for onward review and necessary approvals, failure of which, the Special Committee would have to remove such street gates.