Lagos State Traffic Management Authority and the Kick Against Indiscipline have embarked on strict enforcement of law and order to curb the incessant heavy vehicular traffic in the metropolis.
This is coming a day after the Lagos State House of Assembly summoned the new Commissioner for Transportation, Mr. Dayo Mobereola to come out with strategic plans that would ease the perennial traffic congestion in several parts of the state.
The lawmakers also called on the General Manager of the Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA) Bashir Braimah, to appear before it over the persistent traffic issues.
On Tuesday, officers and men of the two agencies stormed Lagos streets and highways to arrest traders who trade on the roads and in the traffic. Our correspondents who monitored the situation observed that hundreds of people were arrested by the State Environmental and Special Offences Unit.
Meanwhile, the traffic gridlock in such areas like Ojodu Berger Roundabout, Obafemi Awolowo Way, Ikeja and some other places was unlocked due to the removal of the street traders and commercial vehicles that parked indiscriminately.
Speaking on the issue, Speaker LSHA, Mr. Mudashiru Obasa, observed that the state ought to devise other means of transportation such as rail and sea to ease traffic congestion.
“There is need to invite the General Manager of LASTMA to come and address us on the issue, while the newly-appointed Commissioner for Transportation should direct relevant agencies to ease the traffic situation in the state,” Obasa said.
“LASTMA was established to ease traffic in the state, and also provide jobs for people and any official of the agency that is not ready to work should be shown the way out. We have to urgently do something about this.”
Also speaking, the Majority Leader, Sanai Agunbiade pointed out that the intention of Governor Akinwunmi Ambode in changing the approach of LASTMA officials on the way they handle traffic offenders was good.
He added that the governor did not stop LASTMA officials from enforcing traffic laws.