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Lagos to expel Street Traders & Mechanics from Lagos Island



Lagos to expel Street Traders, Mechanics from Lagos Island - BellaNaija

Governor Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos

The Lagos State Government has said it has given street traders and roadside mechanics in the Marina area of Lagos Island 72 hours to vacate.

According to Punch, this was said in a statement given by the Special Adviser to the Governor on the Central Business District Agboola Dabiri.

He said the directive came from Governor Akinwunmi Ambode.

He stated that the masterplan for the state has no place for roadside mechanics, and that the government has vowed to bring environmental sanity to every nook and cranny of the state. He said:

We seek total compliance with this directive given to mechanics to vacate within 72 hours. There is no place for roadside mechanics, street trading and illegal shanties on Marina.

He added that nothing can make the government rescind on its decision to clean up Marina. He said:

The Lagos State Government has observed with dismay the gross abuse of environmental laws and urban planning by the roadside automobile engineers, mechanics and street traders on the Island. The environmental abuse can no longer be tolerated which necessitated the decision to check the  illegalities


  1. ada

    August 8, 2017 at 11:21 am

    You expel them from the island, they will move to the mainland. Has that solved the problem?

  2. Blessing

    August 8, 2017 at 12:51 pm

    Irresponsibility masking as leadership. You permitted people with little life opportunity to have a sense of security long enough to invest their meager resources in business under your nose, where they should not be in the first place. You slept as a government and now you are wakening to your responsibility, you cannot borrow sense to know you need a plan to ease the people off.
    Their well being mean nothing to you. Your own failings dont matter, but they bear all the blames, after all you are ‘Government’ with all the instruments of state power- police/army/money etc at your disposal.

    May all insensitive rulers experience the displeasure of God now and hereafter.

    • slice

      August 8, 2017 at 4:06 pm

      It’s not true. The govt has being singing this song . The people know.

  3. Moniker

    August 8, 2017 at 1:12 pm

    We have gone through this same road before. Nothing changed back then.Not gonna change now cause you have failed to put your acts together.

  4. Adrian

    August 8, 2017 at 1:12 pm

    How come the Lagos state government is just talking about Island alone. Can’t they see the abuse these mechanics are doing to peoples street. Now they even challenge you in a street they first came one by one thinking no one noticed them. They now feel very entitled and disrespect street residents. I can name a few place suffering this menace, Savannah street off Adetla road, Aguda Surulere. That place has been abandoned and no Government is doing anything to these mechanics who take evry customer cars they see even when they know they dont have space. They start parking cars in front of peoples homes causing unnecessary friction and to get them to take the cars away usually ends in serious arguments with them saying what they are famous for saying”Na ur house we park?” “Na you get road” “come comut us from here”

  5. sharon

    August 8, 2017 at 2:13 pm

    Lol ofcourse it had to be marina. How about other parts of lagos island? The whole of okesuna, igbosere and. Co is a stinking mess

  6. C

    August 8, 2017 at 4:05 pm

    Island drowning anyways who cares…. When you need cheap mechanics don’t be crying.

  7. zeeeeby

    August 8, 2017 at 4:23 pm

    Iam honestly tired of this selective development year in year out. I recently visited an area of Lagos Island last week…….IT IS WORSE THAN LIVING IN OKOKO….I was shocked.

  8. critique

    August 8, 2017 at 5:50 pm

    i’m not that familiar with lagos – but does that mean balogun market will be shut down?

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