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Lagos reads riot act to residents over gated streets


Lagos State Governor Akinwunmi Ambode

Lagos State Government has warned residents to stop locking their streets, iron gates, as defaulters will henceforth be sanctioned.
Speaking yesterday during the 2018 ministerial press briefing to commemorate the third year of Governor Akinwunmi Ambode in office the state Commissioner for Local Government and Community Affairs, Hon. Muslim Folami said the present administration is concerned about the welfare and safety of the residents, reason it would not condone residents locking street gates.
He said, “There is a law in Lagos State that forbids residents installing street gates indiscriminately in the state. The residents must obey the laws of the state government.

We are not saying you should not have gates in your streets but those gates, where installed should be manned 24 hours.
“The reason we are opposed to the practice of keeping gates perpetually locked is that there may be emergencies, there may be fire outbreak.

A pregnant woman can fall into labour anytime and would want to go to the hospital if you lock the gates what happens? We have had cases where some pregnant women died because the gates were closed.
“There were so many incidents of fire outbreak and the streets could not be accessed to put out the fire because the gates to the streets were closed. We will not fold our hands and allow such things to happen.

What are we doing as government then if we allow such things to happen? We have decided that henceforth anyone found guilty will be punished,’’ Folami said.
During the year under review, the commissioner said the Ministry upgraded the Lagos State University (LASU) FM and LASPOTECH FM equipment in order to deliver quality broadcasting to its audience and environs.

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