The Lagos State Environmental Sanitation Corps (LAGESC) has announced the arrested over 36 persons for allegedly crossing the highways instead of using the overhead bridge, made for passersby.
The Corps Marshal of the LAGESC Agency, Mrs Gbemisola Akinpelu, who happens to be a retired Commissioner of Police stated in a statement signed by Mr Adebayo Kehinde, head of Public Affairs Unit of the agency, that apart from the suspects risking their lives and that of motorists, they also play a part in impeding the free flow of vehicular movement in the State. She noted that across major highways, overhead bridges were erected for usage to curb loss of lives and traffic congestion.
‘’The Agency is geared toward attaining total compliance on road crossing and use of pedestrian bridges in line with the mandate of Gov. Babajide Sanwo-Olu on the enforcement and prosecution of the offenders.
“The distance from the pedestrian bridges where arrests can be made by LAGESC officers against erring pedestrians wishing to endanger their lives by crossing the highway is pegged at 200 metres.
“The Agency is presently carrying out the total enforcement in some of the identified areas such as Ikeja Along, Ikorodu Road, Ojota, Berger, C.M.S, amongst others,” she said.
Mrs Akinpelu added that the agency have established additional Divisional Offices in the State, which aims at ensuring the adequate coverage of all areas in Lagos.
She also urged officers and men of the agency to dislodge roadside traders around the bridge and walkways for free human movements. She also called on the need for Divisional Commanders, Deputy Divisional Commanders, Unit Commanders, and Senior Officers to adequately monitor the pedestrian bridges.