One of the major problems that plagues the Economic capital of West Africa, Lagos, is the menace of heavy traffic. Hence, in a bid to ensure free flow of traffic across the metropolis, officials of the Lagos State Traffic Management Authority, LASTMA, have been directed to adopt the system of booking traffic offenders, rather than apprehending their vehicles.
This directive was issued by the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Transportation, Mr Oluseyi Whenu gave the directive to officials while briefing top echelon of LASTMA on government’s new policy thrust in the transportation sector.
He applauded the efforts of current traffic instructors and managers so far but stated that, their attention should be focused on a complete free flow of traffic.
“That is the minimum we owe the people of the state”, he said, adding that LASTMA should synergize with other security agencies to ensure that the Lagos Road Traffic Law 2012 is enforced.
Whenu, in a statement signed by the Public Relations Officer in the Ministry of Transportation, Mr. Sina Thorpe, assured Lagos residents that a more perfect traffic management and documentation procedure is being put in place where traffic offenders are booked and given a grace period for payment and defaulters apprehended at home through the information in the motor vehicle database.
“Since LASTMA officials are a reflection of the state government, they should ensure that their activities add value to the government’s covenant with Lagos residents to make life easier for them,” he said.
Whenu also called on all motorists, whose vehicles have been apprehended by LASTMA in the past, to visit the appropriate LASTMA depot for claim their vehicles after proper documentation, assuring them of a more flexible process for prompt service delivery.
In concluding his statement, he implored Lagos residents to reciprocate government’s humanness by obeying all traffic laws and regulations.
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