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Monday, March 9, 2020

Ogun Goes Tough On Car Dealers Converting Roads, Walkways To Car Marts

...Threatens to impound vehicles after two weeks notice 

                  •Hon. Abudu - Balogun

From Ayobami Ife, Abeokuta

Ogun State Government on Monday disclosed   its resolve to move against car dealers across the state, who have converted the state's road medians, sidewalks and setbacks to car marts, thereby narrowing the public's acesss way and causing obstructions to traffic flow.

The Commissioner for Environment, Hon. Abiodun Abudu - Balogun, who disclosed this to reporters in his Office at the Ministry of Environment, Abeokuta, the state capital, said the erring car dealers have a maximum of two weeks grace to remove their vehicles or risk heavy sanctions.

 He said the two weeks window  period takes effect from this Monday, warning that at its expiration, he would personally lead a taskforce - Environmental Marshalls, to impound vehicles found on display at roadside by any car dealer.

He also said the government is not averse to automobile business in the state but advised those already engaging in it or aspiring ones, to go rent show rooms and not resort to converting public space to car marts.

Abudu - Balogun who spoke while briefing the press to intimate them of the steps being taken by the ministry to keep the environment safe and clean as well as plans to desilt the drainages and river courses to prevent erosion or flooding this year, said the erring car dealers would also be compelled to bear the cost of evacuating such vehicles and storage in government custody.

He said:"The issue of abandoned and burnt vehicles on the roads is another challenge for us. These abandoned and burnt vehicles have become hide outs for criminals and also being used for open defecation and other unwholesome activities. 
In the next two weeks, we are going to launch an operation to remove these abandoned vehicles. 

"Also related to this is another serious menace. Car dealers have turned our road sides, road setbacks, walkways and medians to their car shops. I can assure you that in the next two weeks, you are going to see actions, I'm going to personally lead the operation to evacuate these vehicles. 

"We will not stop them, but appropriate fines will be paid to the government. We are not going allow any car dealer to turn our road medians, setbacks or walkways into their car shops. Anyone caught doing that after this notice will be sanctioned and the vehicles will be tolled away, you will pay fines to government and you will also pay cost of removal."

The Commissioner while fielding questions, also disclosed that the state government seriously frowns at the increasing street trading, street begging, indiscriminate abandoning of vehicles by the roadside and dumping of waste on locations not designated as dump site, saying the practice defaces the environment and constitute grave risk to public health and safety.

 He, therefore, advised residents to desist from the unhealthy conduct of disposing waste recklessly, warning that the Ogun State Waste Management Agency (OGWAMA) which will soon come on board to handle waste disposal issue in the state, will also be empowered to sanction erring residents caught dumping waste or refuse indiscriminately.

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