By Modupe Shodeinde
Works and Housing Minister Babatunde Fashola on Thursday gave artisans and traders doing business on the burnt section of the Lagos Airport Road flyover two weeks to vacate the area.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the flyover, which spans the Apapa-Oshodi-Ojota-Oworonshoki Expressway being repaired, was razed when a petrol tanker burst into flames on January 7, 2021.
Following the incident, the Federal Government immediately shut the bridge and, on January 8, warned the public to stay off the Airport Road Flyover, pending the determination of its structural safety.
During inspection of the bridge, Fashola examined the walls of the burnt piers before going round to educate the traders on the dangers of carrying out commercial activities in the vicinity, thereby damaging the road.
He told the traders that street trading jeopardises their safety and the road.
The minister gave the traders and artisans two weeks to vacate the area around the flyover.
Fashola advised them to relocate to the Matori Industrial Estate in Ladipo, which was purposely built by the Lateef Jakande government for commercial activities.