The Lagos State Government will today meet with major stakeholders to doscuss and evolve a lasting solution to the intractable traffic gridlock in the nation’s commercial capital. Those expected at the meeting are traders, commercial bus operators, transport unions, Motor Cyclists, Marwa operators and other stakeholders.
It is expected that after the meeting, the State Government will issue a seven-day abatement notice to traders, transporters and their unions in seven locations across the state, where traffic gridlock is due to trading and commercial transportation activities. The locations are Ikorodu roundabout, Oyingbo, Yaba, Iyana-ipaja, Ketu, Ikotun and Ajah as the areas of major impediments.
“In dealing with these identified locations, we will serve a seven-day abatement notice to all concerned locations effective after our meeting on Monday and thereafter prepare them (the stakeholders) for full enforcement of traffic laws and their attendant fines and penalties,” the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Transportation, Mr Olawale Musa disclosed this in Lagos over the weekend.
Mr Musa said full force enforcement would commence at the expiration of the seven-day notice on October 18. The state, he said, would not tolerate disobedience of traffic law.
He said the enforcement team would have its members drawn from road union members, traders across different locations, task force, Police, traffic management agencies and other stakeholders in the transport sector. He said: “The ultimate goal of the massive investments in transport sector by the state government has been geared toward ensuring free flow of traffic, road safety and socio-economic development.
“Interestingly, in as much as all these plans and actions of the state government essentially indicate genuine concerns to address the perennial traffic problem in the state, it is important to admit that they have not been sufficient to entirely redress the situation.
“In Lagos State, it is not uncommon to see vehicles illegally parked on either side of the road, some even drive in such a careless fashion that makes nonsense of traffic law while others drive on or across the road medians, other human activities that complicate the traffic hassle in the state include; driving against traffic, making illegal U-turns, using reverse drive to cover long distance in order to beat traffic jam, disobeying traffic lights and other traffic instructions, illegal trading activities along our roads among others.
“It is alarming to observe that many traders abandon their shops and display their goods on roads and drainage channels thereby compounding traffic situation in those locations.”
Musa said the state government would soon implement the aspect of the traffic law which makes passengers a culprit in the violation of traffic law. He said that both the commercial bus driver and the passengers would be arrested and prosecuted if a bus drives against traffic.
He said: “As a responsive government, it is not that we are not unaware of the fact that solving traffic problems in an emerging smart city like Lagos that houses two major ports, busiest international airports with concentration of largest numbers of oil tank farms is a herculean task but it is not insurmountable.
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