The Lagos State Government Monday ordered the immediate re-opening of all street gates and barricades in all parts of the State between 5am and 12 mid-night daily, while warning Landlords and residents who default of imminent demolition of such gates within the next seven days.
The State Government also ordered that all street gates and barricades are now only permitted to be locked between 12 mid-night and 5am, besides such locked gates must be manned by security guards within the period under lock and key in case of emergencies.
Addressing journalists at the State Secretariat in Alausa, Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Community Development and Chairman of Community Affairs Advisory Council, Mr. Tajudeen Adeniyi Quadri said the decision of the State Government followed series of complaints from residents on the disturbing trend of street gates and barricades.
He said there have been situations whereby fire fighters and police were prevented from getting to emergency scenes on time due to street gates and barricades as well as instances where rushing patients with emergency situations to hospital were equally frustrated.
Quadri, who addressed the briefing alongside the Commissioner for Local Government and Community Affairs, Hon Muslim Folami; Special Adviser to the Governor on Community and Communications, Mr. Kehinde Bamigbetan, and some Chairmen of Community Development Associations (CDA), said as a responsive and responsible government, Governor Akinwunmi Ambode has directed that the restriction on closure of street gates and barricades be strictly adhere to henceforth.
Quadri said information reaching government was that gates were being locked in several places throughout the day, causing much inconveniences of residents having to walk round to get to the main road, and that some gates were deliberately locked just to prevent others from using the roads, thereby aggravating traffic situations especially in areas where such roads are meant to serve as thoroughfares or alternative link routes.
He added that most places where gates have been mounted have become environmentally unsanitary, while it had been observed that mechanics have also turned such streets to their workshops.
Also speaking, Folami warned that the State Government would pull down gates and barricades in any defaulting streets, adding that government would not spare any CDA found wanting in strictly complying with the government directive on street gates and barricades.
He said Governor Ambode was very sensitive to issues affecting the communities and recalled the recent flag off of the construction of 114 roads across the 57 councils in the State, as well as the massive security infrastructure put in place to secure the State