Eid-el-Kabir: LASTMA assures Lagosians of adequate traffic control
........To deploy personnel to strategic areas including praying grounds.
The Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA), over the weekend, assured Lagosians that traffic personnel would be fully on the ground to professionally and adequately manage traffic before, during and after the festive period.
In a press statement signed by the Director, Public Affairs and Enlightenment Department of LASTMA, Mr. Adebayo Taofiq, said that General Manager of the Agency, Mr. Bolaji Oreagba, gave the assurance during a strategic meeting held with the Comptrollers, Commanders and Zonal Heads at LASTMA Headquarters, at Oshodi area of the metropolis.
The statement said Mr. Oreagba noted that the ‘Eld-el-kabir celebrations was usually characterised by a high volume of human and vehicular movements, hence extra effort would be required to ensure a free flow of vehicle movements across the Lagos metropolis.
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He was quoted as saying, “All motorists are urged to maintain speed limits as they embark on their journeys into, within and outside Lagos.
“Entry and exit points into Lagos will be fully manned by our officers for adequate control and management of traffic. Major entry/exit roads in Lagos, like Lagos-Ibadan, Lagos-Abeokuta, Lagos-Badagry, Lekki-Epe Expressways and Lagos-Ikorodu-Sagamu Highway would be adequately covered by our personnel for smooth and seamless traffic flow. Major road intersections would not be left out in our strategic coverage to ensure free traffic flow”.
The General Manager added that LASTMA officers’ presence would be felt across all the major road intersections with regular and consistent patrols, especially notorious traffic flashpoints, imploring all road users to adhere strictly to the traffic laws, at all times, not only to avoid accidents but to also prevent avoidable arrest and prosecution.
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“Everybody prays to experience a joyous season. However, to be alive to witness the season and even beyond the season, we must, therefore, be moderate in the celebration of the season.
“Do not drink and drive, don’t endanger yourself and other road users while on the road, as the law will not be spared in dealing with errant road users who want to infringe on other people’s rights to use the roads safely”, he asserted.
Mr. Oreagba also counselled that in order to achieve a traffic-free Lagos, all motorists must maintain lane discipline, obey traffic rules and regulations as stated in the traffic law of Lagos State, maintaining that all acts of indiscipline and unruly behaviour by vehicle owners and road users would not be tolerated.
The LASTMA boss, however, thanked the administration of Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu for the provisions of modern Traffic Management Solutions (TMS) hand held cameras which has seriously brought significant improvement in traffic management and control across Lagos.