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ANXIETY IN LAGOS OVER STREET GATES
« on: March 25, 2009, 03:20:13 PM »
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The pangs of labour shot through the spine of Toyin, (not real name), in the early hours of the morning. Though she was not due till another two weeks, the baby was, however, eager to make an early entry into the world.

Panic stricken, her husband managed to get her into a neighbour?s car for journey to the hospital. Death, however, lurked at the iron gate that led to their street as the security men were nowhere to be found for almost an hour. Toyin?s husband watched helplessly as she bled to death in his arms. The baby, weakened by hours of struggle, died minutes after being removed through caesarean section.

Late last year, a business man in Lags watched in shock as his residence was razed in a late night inferno. The man who had invested heavily in goods that arrived days earlier attempted several times to jump into the inferno when fire men could not gain entry into the street. He is yet to recover from the pains inflicted on him by a gated street.

Heart rendering stories like these and impracticable interconnectivity that usually occur during chaotic traffic situations might have prompted the governor of Lags State, Mr. Babatunde Raji Fashola (SAN), to direct that all street gates be opened from 5.30am to 12  midnight.
The call, made on Tuesday, January 27 and renewed in March, has really ruffled the feathers of landlords and residents in the state. But Fashola, in his characteristic manner, is bent on enforcing the directive to the letter.

During his parley with stakeholders, including landlords, community development associations, traditional rulers and the police, he painted a gloomy picture of the trauma people go through during chaotic traffic situations because of street gates. The governor, apart from condemning the action, lamented the man-hour loss incurred by intractable traffic situation prevalent in the metropolis.

Beaming his spotlight on areas such as Gbagada, Ilupeju, Anthony Village, Surulere, Aguda, Okota, Ogba, Maryland, Ikeja, Opebi, Itire, Ipaja, Mushin and Ilasamaja, he stressed that experience had shown that gated streets do not, in the real sense, provide the intended security. Drawing attention to dangers posed by gated streets, he said: ?It is understandable that no one will prefer to live where his family will be vulnerable to crime. But then, do the gates really guarantee security?

The answer is an emphatic ?No?. The rate at which street gates are being erected within the metropolis in recent times has become very worrisome. These gated streets mostly constitute serious obstacles to the efficient management of the environment and in particular, vehicular and pedestrian movement along roads that are funded and maintained from tax payers? money.

During emergencies such as fire outbreaks and robbery attacks, they often prevent fire fighters and policemen from gaining access to homes, resulting in unquantifiable losses. Have the gates stopped robberies? Have we gained more than we have lost by erecting them? If we do the same thing without getting a different result, must we continue in self delusion or must we find the courage by trying something new??

Despite the governor?s entreaties, it seems gated streets have come to stay. The compliance level to the directive has been discovered to be very low. The cold shoulder that greeted the ultimatum is not unconnected to the fact that Lagosians are not ready to compromise with what they believed has been an antidote against rampaging robbers.

Street gates actually became a necessity at a time when homes in the state came under series of robbery attacks. It literally became the biblical wall of Jericho that protected its inhabitants when security agencies in the state could not match the sophisticated weapons brandished by dare devil robbers.
Though considered to be abused and seen by the state government as the only way out of traffic logjam, there are widespread fears that removing them could make homes vulnerable to attacks.

But the recurring question is, has emergence of gates or multiple gates as the case might be in most neighbourhoods helped to reduce crime? The answer is no. It has been discovered that homes within gated streets are more prone to robbery attacks because they are invaded hours before they are officially closed to traffic.

Reports have indicated that the bars erected by people for protection, mostly don?t serve their purpose. Rather, in the words of the Special Adviser to the Governor on Transportation, Mr. Kayode Opeifa, it has a negative consequence on the overall urban efficiency, aesthetics and functionality of the city.
Some years ago, a business mogul residing in Aviation Estate, Mafoluku was felled by assassin?s bullets in his home. The men, who drove a black jeep, were waved on by ?eagle eyed? security guards manning the two gigantic gates leading to the estate. The assassins escaped unchallenged after successfully pumping hot lead into their victim.

Locked access routes usually force motorists to take longer routes even though they have reached their destinations. This sums up the pains of Ajao Estate residents who are barred from accessing Asa Afariogun Street from the Oshodi Apapa Expressway from 9p.m. each day. To get to their homes. They usually drive against the traffic or endure another gruelling drive through the International Airport Road. Residents told Daily Sun, however, that the road, before the gate was constructed, served as an easy get-away for robbers.

Despite what might be considered pitfalls of street gates, landlords irked by the order have vowed to defend what they believe is their right to self protection.
Most landlords disclosed that the gates, which are usually manned by private guards or people from the Northern part of the country, make them feel secured.

?What of a close that does not have thorough fare?, asked a landlord in Ajao Estate, Isolo, Lags. ?Most streets within the estate are dead ends and can only be accessed at such ungodly hours by residents. It was the government?s inability to protect its citizenry that gave rise to street gates. Even now, crime rates in some areas are alarming despite security measures put in place by the governor. The directive won?t just work with us?

Pa Adenusi, an octogenarian in Beesam area of Mafoluku, noted that despite beefed up security in the state, people in the area still get attacked by robbers.
?I am not in support of removal of gates. Gone are the days when people erect only iron bars on their doors or can walk with ease into the next compound. The only way to live long in Lags is to erect a wall to protect your family or collectively mount a gate to the street?, he retorted.

Many motorists however disagree with them as they believe that they have the right to move around the state without what they described as undue restriction. A furious taxi driver in Ikeja told Daily Sun that most estates don?t even allow taxis into them.
?They paste posters on the gate that taxis are not allowed. They short-change us with such actions because visitors to such estates mostly refuse to pay complete fare. We are backing the state government on this one.?

Already, some gates in areas such as Festac, Gbagada, Ogba, Somolu, Ikeja and Omole have been brought down to pave way for a free flow of traffic. If the call made by the chairman of the State Environmental and Special Offences (Enforcement) Unit, Bayo Sulaiman, a Superintendent of Police (SP), to Lagosians during the last town hall meeting to send text messages about areas with locked gates is anything to go by, more gates might be dismantled.

With six days to the March 31, 2009 ultimatum given to Lagosians to bring down their gates, tension is already heightened. In many areas of the metropolis, residents are ready for a showdown with the state task force. ?Removing gates in the state is tantamount to willingly handing over the keys to our bedrooms to robbers?, voiced a concerned resident in Lagos.

?We are aware that there are joint military patrols in the state and that the police have been equipped to combat crime in the state, but it has not translated to Lagosians sleeping peacefully at night. Robbers are so daring now that they conduct their dastardly acts even in the day time with impunity. I think the state governor should consider the peculiarity of every area before enforcing the order. Adequate security should be guaranteed to placate Lagosians. This would go a long way to avoid unnecessary confrontations with the authority?, maintained a landlord in Apapa.

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ANXIETY IN LAGOS OVER STREET GATES
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Re: ANXIETY IN LAGOS OVER STREET GATES
« Reply #1 on: March 25, 2009, 03:24:57 PM »


makes sense...keep the gates open please!
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Re: ANXIETY IN LAGOS OVER STREET GATES
« Reply #2 on: March 25, 2009, 03:49:57 PM »
Will these gates reduce or stop the crime in Lagos completely?
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« Reply #3 on: March 25, 2009, 05:14:47 PM »


you're not getting the full drift...
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Re: ANXIETY IN LAGOS OVER STREET GATES
« Reply #4 on: March 25, 2009, 07:55:09 PM »
Will these gates reduce or stop the crime in Lagos completely?
It have reduce it greatly.

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