A group, Concerned Lekki Residents, has commended the Lagos State Government’s efforts in removing all illegal inner street gates in the Lekki Phase One area of the state to ease traffic flow.
The concerned property owners, led by Prince Ayoola Ojeikere, told the News Agency of Nigeria on Wednesday in Lagos that the Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu-led administration had taken the right step long overdue.
According to the group’s spokesman, some resident associations and groups of “powerful individuals” have formed the habit of erecting gates and barricades on various streets for flimsy reasons.
“We are very happy with this latest move by the Lagos State Government to remove all illegal street gates in Lekki. This has long become a thing of concern to some of us.
“We wonder why the state government will build roads and some people will indiscriminately mount gates. I think the government has slept for so long.
“Blockage of Admiralty Road and demand for access code for access is another area the government must look into. This should not be allowed to continue.
“We believe this will bring no small relief not only to many Lekki residents but also to the generality of the motoring public.
“Admiralty Road gate by Fatayi Arobieke Street should be removed to allow motorists to access adjourning streets in the area,” Ojeikere said.
According to him, apart from impeding access, the indiscriminate mounting and multiplicity of the gates are defacing the aesthetics of Lekki and its environs.
Describing the road blockage through the erection of gates as an infringement of residents’ rights to movement on public roads, Ojeikere called on Sanwo-Olu to stop the construction of gates on government roads and the issuance of access codes to ply them.