Lagos State Government said today that it has sacked 10 members of staff for indulging in conduct bothering on corruption while 12 others were suspended.The Special Adviser to Governor Babatunde Fashola on Central Business Districts (CBD), Mrs. Derin Disu made the revelation at a press briefing in Lagos.
According to her their dismissal was to ensure discipline and strict adherence with the rules governing the Agency, pointing out that the affected staff compromised the public image of government through their actions.
Disu explained that the agency also suspend 12 members of its staff for various acts of indiscipline so as to serve as deterrent to others. She said a 15-day residential training programme was organised at the Sea School, Apapa for the CBD enforcement unit as part of state government efforts in re-orientating the enforcement staff and improving their knowledge of traffic management and enforcement laws.
She said the agency is currently involved in the development of infrastructure in the Central Business District, listing some ongoing projects to include Ebute-Ero Police Station, installation of pedestrian guard rails along outer Marina Road, fabricaton of concrete pedestrian guard rails along Carter Bridge as well as beautification of Tinubu Triangle.
According to her about N377. 5 Million is required to complete ongoing projects in the business district. She said a total of 873 vehicles were towed for parking illegally adding that many goods were seized from traders for illegal street trading. She said the agency is currently tackling the challenges of loading and off-loading from cargo containers during restricted hours.
The CBD boss added that, “traders continuously cite the lack of street lights at night as reasons for non-compliance and claim that, their goods are left insecure within those hours”.
But she said the state government, through the Lagos State Electricity Board has embarked on the electrification of streets within the CBD, including Nnamdi Azikiwe, Idumota, Idumagbo Avenue, Alli Balogun Street, Martins Street, Ereko, Breadfruit Street, Tinubu Square, Balogun Street, Tinubu Street, amongst others.
“It is believed that upon completion of those ongoing street lighting projects, most of Lagos Island will be lit, safe and secure for businesses to thrive, the dream of establishing a buoyant night economy within the business district is gradually becoming a reality”.