The complete condemnation of the practice of blocking inner roads and streets for social events by some Lagos residents has been voiced by the Lagos State Government through the Lagos State Taskforce. The Chairman of the agency, CSP Shola Jejeloye, characterized this behavior as selfish and inconsiderate, emphasizing the discomfort it causes to law-abiding individuals.
Jejeloye cited a recent incident in Yaba where the agency had to intervene during a birthday celebration that occupied 95% of the road, causing traffic congestion and inconveniencing those going about their daily activities. He expressed strong disapproval, particularly highlighting areas like Lagos Island, Oworonshoki, and Agege as hotspots for such illegal activities.
To curb this inconvenience, the Lagos State Task Force plans to implement an action plan targeting these activities. Jejeloye warned that individuals engaged in such practices will face arrest and prosecution in mobile courts. He called on Lagosians to cease the habit of blocking streets for celebrations and urged them to utilize private or government-owned facilities for social events.
While recognizing logistical challenges that might prompt events on nearby streets, Jejeloye emphasized the need for proper authorization. If an event is to be held on a street, permission must be obtained from the relevant authorities, with a copy of the approval submitted to the Task Force Headquarters before the event.
In a plea to the public, Jejeloye urged citizens to report any closure of inner streets for social gatherings to the nearest police station or the Lagos State Task Force. He emphasized the collective responsibility to maintain order across the Lagos Metropolis, ensuring that such actions do not disrupt the daily lives of law-abiding residents. The agency is committed to upholding sanity and curbing irresponsible behavior that inconveniences others in the pursuit of social events.
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