By; RAYMOND TEDUNJAYE, Lagos
In an avowed move to ensure safety, entrench sanity and orderliness, the Lagos State Taskforce said that it is set to clear all railway tracks across the state of traders to ensure their safety and that of other passengers along the tracks.
The move, according to the Agency becomes imperative due to the presence of recalcitrant traders who constantly display their wares at the detriment of their safety in spite repeatedly warnings.
Chairman of the agency, CSP Shola Jejeloye made the disclosure at the Headquarters in Bolade, Oshodi where he stated that it was high time the Taskforce took proactive steps in forestalling any avoidable accidents along the railway corridors that could lead to loss of lives and property.
A statement on Monday by Jejeloye, decried the nonchalant manner in which street traders and road side sellers flagrantly display their goods along the railway corridors thereby risking their lives and that of the passengers on trains who are greatly affected in the event of a derailment as a result of the obstacles placed on the tracks by these traders.
“Its high time we put a stop to these selfish actions by roadside sellers who display their goods right on the rail tracks. It is dangerous, unsafe and unnecessary due to the fact that some of these obstacles obstruct the smooth movement of trains along those corridors
and could ultimately lead to derailment. We frown at it completely and we will put at end to it in the coming days”
The chairman further sounded a note of warning to those who are in the habit of carrying out acts that could lead to accidents across the rail tracks to be weary of their actions as it could lead to arrest and prosecution. He made mention of the train accident experienced a few weeks ago in the State and vowed to do all it takes to prevent any further occurrences of such in the future.
“Accidents don’t just happen, they are caused by one or two errors that could have been avoided. The rail accident that occurred around PWD was avoidable but unfortunately, it led to loss of lives. This is the reason we have taken it upon ourselves to ensure that such does not repeat itself. We will prosecute anyone without any legitimate business on the rail tracks henceforth”
Jejeloye urged Lagosians to send in their tips and information that could aid the activities of the Agency in ensuring that sanity is maintained across board. He urged them to make use of social media channels or visit the Headquarters of the Agency with their vital information that could help stamp out irregularities in the State and maintain the safe, serene and habitable ambience which the State is known for.