Lagos State Government has confirmed that all gates that were removed from the Lekki area are still intact and will be returned to the various zones of the residents association soon.
However, this will only happen after an agreement has been reached on the modalities for re-installing the gates, it clarified.
A media report has it that the Commissioner for Environment and Water Resources, Tokunbo Wahab, stated that a provision in the agreement must state that the gates cannot be closed before midnight and must have workers manning them to guarantee seamless admission and exit for all households.
He also explained that the decision to remove all of the gates was made to avoid accusations of cherry-picking which streets had their gates removed.
Wahab spoke at a stakeholders’ meeting with members of the Lekki Residents Association, where he was joined by his transport counterpart, Oluwaseun Oshiyemi, in the Alausa area of the state.
He emphasized that the decision to remove the gates was a painful one but was necessary because the state government has the responsibility to regulate operations at Lekki 1, which is a government scheme.