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Government sensitises Lagosians on crossing highways, arrests 36 offenders

Isola Moses

The task of ensuring a free flow of vehicular movement in Lagos State is typically hindered as a result of pedestrians daringly crossing major highways where bridges are erected for usage

Now the Lagos State Environmental Sanitation Corps (LAGESC) has stepped up its operation to arrest any defiant Lagosians crossing the highway indiscriminately.

Agency report states that Adebayo Kehinde, Public Affairs Officer (PRO) of LAGESC related how Gbemisola Akinpelu, a retired Commissioner of Police and Corps Marshal of LAGESC, disclosed this during the monthly interface session with senior officers of the agency at the command headquarters, Bolade-Oshodi, in Lagos.

According to her “the agency is geared towards attaining total compliance on road crossing and use of pedestrian bridges in line with the mandate of the governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu on the enforcement and prosecution of the offenders.”

Kehinde noted that the Corps Marshal emphasised the risks associated with crossing the highways where pedestrian bridges are constructed.

Crossing of highways impedes the free flow of traffic and unnecessary loss of lives as a result of “hit-and-run” motorists, he said.

The PRO observed that 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.

He, therefore, stressed that the Lagos State Government is interested in ensuring that citizens do not endanger their lives by crossing highways.

According to Kehinde, the Corps Marshal advised Lagosians to use pedestrian bridges, as the latter charged the LAGESC operatives to intensify efforts at deterring defaulters.

The source says LAGESC is currently carrying out the total enforcement in some of the identified areas, such as Ikeja Along, Ikorodu Road, Ojota, Berger and C.M.S among others.

Meanwhile, a total number of 36 pedestrians who wrongly crossed the highways were arrested for prosecution.

The exercise will continue and will extend to all part of the state, the Corps said.

She stressed on the need for Divisional Commanders, Deputy Divisional Commanders, Unit Commanders and Senior Officers to adequately monitor the pedestrian bridges.

The retired CP also urged the officers and men to dislodge traders around the bridges and walkways for free human movements.

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