Vandals Target Lagos' Life-Saving Barriers
In a bid avoid to accidents and create some form of sanity along some major highways in the state, Gov Akinwuni Ambode of Lagos State erected a long stretch of wired fences along the medians of these roads
Not only has the erection contributed to the remarkable traffic flow on the highways, the government has been able to save the cost enforcing the environmental law.
With the fences, pickpockets, robbers and other criminals who emerge from nowhere and snatch valuables from unsuspecting pedestrians before disappearing into their hideouts have also been prevented from operating easily.
This is not the first time that the state government is taking such a step. During the immediate past administration of Gov Babatunde Fashola, the barriers were created around Ojota, Mile 2, Oshodi, Cele and Ijesha.
But, unlike the past ones, which were bland and colourless, the present barriers look more fanciful, attractive and made of high quality materials, which have the tendency to attract vandals because of their economic value.
Already, the ones erected between Ojota and Ketu are already being tampered with.
Around New Garage Bus Stop, a section of the perimeter fence has also been pulled down and room created for pedestrians to navigate.
The stories are the same in Oshodi, Alapere and some other busy areas, which have the fences.
In Oshodi, aside a section of the perimeter fence, which was pulled down because of the ongoing construction of the Oshodi Interchange Terminal, some other sections are either being pulled out or vandalized.
Investigation by Bounce News revealed that these vandals operate at night in poorly lighted areas.
The Special Adviser to the Governor on Civic Engagements, Kehinde Joseph, maintained that government would do its bit by ensuring that the barriers are not vandalised, but citizens must take ownership of the project.
He said Lagosians should also keep watch over them and ensure that they are not damaged. He said residents and citizens must prevent anyone, who wants to vandalise the project, and not look away when their property is about being damaged.