By Modupe Gbadeyanka Communities in the Lagos State which erected gates on their streets without the necessary approval from the state government have been directed to remove them in seven days. In the alternative, they can leave the gates the way they are on the conditions that they will remain open for public use from 5am to 12 midnight and would be manned by security guards. The Commission for Transportation in Lagos, Mr Frederic Oladeinde, explained that this directive became necessary because of the traffic caused by the closure of some street gates. According to him, some commuters find it difficult to use some streets linking to the main roads, causing many people to be stranded for hours. He also said some of the communities did not obtain approval to erect these gates, which he said was against the State Traffic Laws and Regulations. \u201cDuring the recent inspection exercise conducted by the officials of the Ministry of Transportation, it was discovered that some communities have sited gates on some inner roads to avoid vehicular movement on their streets, and this unruly act has contributed to the heavy traffic congestion currently being experienced on our roads on daily basis,\u201d the Commissioner said. The Commissioner further announced that while it is expected that all street gates across the state be opened between 5 am to 12 midnight, the gates must be manned by security personnel engaged by the community or residents\u2019 association and must be opened for emergency services such as police, ambulance and fire services at any time. He revealed that the Special Committee set up by the Lagos State Ministry of Transportation on the demolition of gated streets has begun enforcement exercise on the removal of gates in locations that failed to comply with the government\u2019s directive on \u2018Gated Streets\u2019 regulation. Mr Oladeinde, therefore, urged communities with Government approval for installation of gates on their streets to come forward with their documents for onward review and necessary approvals, failure of which the Special Committee would have to remove such street gates.