Apongbon fire outbreak: FG gives 7 days for occupants to vacate
NaijaNews reports that the Federal Government has given occupants of spaces beneath its bridges in Lagos State seven days to vacate or face being evicted.
“All occupants under our bridges, particularly in Lagos, have seven days to quit, beginning today,” said Oluropo Oyetade, Director of Highways, Bridges, and Design in the Federal Ministry of Works and Housing, speaking on behalf of Minister Babatunde Fashola (yesterday).
“By March 31, the taskforce will begin forcibly evicting obstinate residents.” Such individuals would also pay to have their goods removed.
“By March 31, we will start cleaning up our bridges because if there were no illegal occupants of the space under this bridge, this fire would have been averted.
“Contract for Eko Bridge repairs has just been awarded, the contractor has not started work yet and now this has happened.
“Government cannot keep committing huge resources to maintain infrastructure, while some unscrupulous elements will continue to draw us back by damaging them.
“The enforcement order will also be extended to other states later because we can’t continue to record such cases.”