Governor Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos State has given mechanics and street traders along the roadsides, walkways, and under bridges in the Marina area of Lagos Island within 72 hours to vacate or be arrested.

Ambode said the order was to bring environmental sanity to every nook and cranny of the state.

The governor said no amount of resistance and intimidation by miscreants would make the government to rescind its directive.

The special adviser reiterated the determination of the present administration to restore the master plan of Marina and its environs by checking the activities of street traders and mechanics, who had converted spaces under the bridges, walkways and roads to their workshops.

“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.

"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.

The government had about 10 days ago demolished shanties and containerized shops under the Obalende bridge.

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