By Kingsley Adegboye
For not keeping their business environment clean and tidy, shops at Adeniji Adele area of Lagos Island will have to remain shut until sanity is brought back to the area. The shops are located at Epe, Omididun, Thomas and Evans Streets.
Also, occupants of shops at Sura market in Lagos Island have been told to relocate with immediate effect for encroaching on drainage channels in the market and causing distortion in the flow of water from the channel.
Lagos State Commissioner for Environment, Mr. Tunji Bello who gave the orders during the inspection of drainage sites in Adeniji Adele area of Lagos Island, said traders must continually clean where they sell.
‘’Traders are not taking care of their business environment. That is why I said their shops should be shut down. And until they can prove that they can take care of their environment, their shops will remain shut’’, the Commissioner said.
Mr. Bello urged local government councils in the state to be vigilant about and check the activities of traders in their areas. Lamenting over the parking of abandoned vehicles on the streets in the areas inspected, Bello said his Ministry will work with the Ministry of Transportation to remove the vehicles from the streets.
Drainage channels inspected include Sura market where the Commissioner observed that the channel had been taken over by illegal structures, Ebute Elefun where proposed LAWMA Yard/Ebute Elefun Collector Drain is to be constructed and Patey Street where clearing and cleaning of Patey/Zapas collector were seen being carried out by officials of Environment Ministry.
Other sites visited are Adeniji Adele area where outfall/collector channels along Adeniji Adele Street , Epe/Adeniji Adele channel, Omididun/Adeniji Adele channel, Thomas/Adeniji Adele channel and Evans/Adeniji Adele channel were seen to be begging for attention. Binuyo Street channel was also visited to see the flood caused by Oyebanji/Jankara channel construction to Isalegangan and its environs which is affecting Isalegangan drainage project.