The Federal Government, yesterday, began demolition of illegal fences under some bridges in Lagos.
The demolition exercise began with a fence of about 250 metres built under the descent of the Apongbon Bridge on the CMS-bound carriageway on Lagos Island. The fence, which was still under construction, had been raised by seven to eight coaches on various sections.
Some officials wearing the tags of “Toll Royalty Car Park Technologies“ came out to challenge the process, but were told by the engineer supervising the team to visit the Federal Ministry of Works.
A senior engineer in the ministry, Mrs. Musiliat Aloba, who led a team of engineers and security operatives on the exercise, said she was acting on instruction to ensure that under the bridges were visible, adding: “I am not directed to speak to anyone. Please, come to the Federal Ministry of Works.”
The team went further to demolish fences concealing about 300 metres under the Obalende/Apongbon Flyover Bridge on the CMS-bound carriageway, another set of fences metres away under the same bridge, as well as Extension of the fences being constructed to link the CMS bus stop footbridge.
However, there was a misunderstanding with the commencement of demolition of fences under the Ramp of the CMS Bridge, which was nearing completion on some sections, as some workmen on site tried to resist the demolition, arguing that it was a legal project, which had approval.
Aloba explained her assignment, insisting: “Nothing must block under the bridges. When you conceal the bridge, nobody can see what happens under. The Federal Government has lost so much money due to burnt bridges.”
Responding to the exercise, Federal Controller of Works in Lagos, Mr. Adedamola Kuti, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on telephone that the removal of illegal structures under bridges was a continuous exercise.
Kuti explained that the ministry began the demolition in 2018, saying it was aimed at safeguarding the bridges from all forms of abuses causing damage to them. He dismissed claims by some people that they had approval to build structures under any bridge in Lagos State, insisting: “Under the bridges belong to the Federal Government and the Federal Ministry of Works ordered the demolition of illegal structures under the bridges in Lagos.”
Kuti said demolition of other illegal structures under bridges where notices had been served in the past would soon begin, adding: “It is an ongoing exercise to protect our bridges from abuse and damage.” Guardian
Pix: Babajide Sanwo Olu, Lagos State governor