Lagos state Government has reiterated its commitment to ensure absolute enforcement of the state traffic laws owing to the increasing traffic gridlock on the roads.
It has promised that lawless motorists found culpable would be prosecuted.
This was disclosed at a joint press briefing addressed by Permanent Secretary Ministry of Transportation Mr. Seyi Whenu; Permanent Secretary Ministry of Works Engineer Ajibade Adebowale; Permanent Secretary Ministry of Environment Mr. Toyin Onisarotu, Permanent Secretary Ministry of Information Mr. Folarin Adeyemi as well as the General Manager of LASTMA Mr. Bashir Braimoh which held at at Bagauda Kalto Press Center Wednesday.
According to them, investigations by agencies of the state government revealed that the increasing traffic gridlock being experienced across the state is not unconnected with the misinterpretation of the instruction of Governor Ambode when he said enforcement of the state traffic laws be done with human face and total courtesy.
The permanent secretaries explained that the governor’s instruction should not be misinterpreted as relaxation of enforcement, saying anyone caught violating the state traffic law would be prosecuted.
According to the Permanent Secretary Ministry of Works; Mr. Adebowale, “the state government is not unaware of the traffic gridlock that is increasing in the state in recent time but most of the gridlocks are caused by massive construction and rehabilitation of roads that is going on and measures are being put in place to check mate this.
“We have also called on all the contractors to double efforts and ensure speedy completion of the roads so that people would not have to suffer and endure the hardship for long.”
Also speaking, the Permanent Secretary Ministry of Information, Mr. Folarin Adeyim; revealed at the briefing that over 500 traffic offenders have been booked and fined so far, just as he said the state government through LASTMA would continue to ensure sanity and free flow traffic on Lagos roads.
Folarin said: “On enforcement, I want to tell you that over 500 road traffic offenders have been ticketed till date. The officials of Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA) are on the road enforcing the state traffic laws diligently. They are not disgruntled in anyway.”