New La­gos traf­fic di­rec­tive not re­lax­ation of law – Perm Sec

Daily Trust - - NEWS - From Femi Aki­nola, La­gos

Fol­low­ing the di­rec­tive by La­gos State Gover­nor, Mr. Ak­in­wunmi Am­bode, to of­fi­cials of the State Trans­port Man­age­ment Au­thor­ity (LASTMA) that ve­hi­cles of traf­fic of­fend­ers should not be im­pounded any longer, over 500 mo­torists who con­tra­vened traf­fic laws in the state have been booked.

Agen­cies re­spon­si­ble traf­fic man­age­ment in for the state, LASTMA and Ve­hi­cle In­spec­tion Of­fice (VIO) dis­closed yesterday that the in­creas­ing traf­fic grid­lock be­ing ex­pe­ri­enced across the state was not un­con­nected with the mis­in­ter­pre­ta­tion of the di­rec­tive of the gover­nor to the agen­cies that traf­fic laws be in­ter­preted with hu­man face and to­tal cour­tesy.

Brief­ing State House cor­re­spon­dents at the State Sec­re­tar­iat, the Per­ma­nent Sec­re­tary Min­istry of Trans­porta­tion Mr. Sey­iWhenu, said Gover­nor Am­bode’s di­rec­tive to LASTMA and VIO should not be mis­in­ter­preted as re­lax­ation of en­force­ment, not­ing that any­one caught vi­o­lat­ing the traf­fic law would be pros­e­cuted.

Whenu said the state gov­ern­ment was com­mit­ted to en­sur­ing ab­so­lute en­force­ment of traf­fic laws, adding that law­less mo­torists won’t es­cape jus­tice.

“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 check­mate this.

“On en­force­ment, over 500 road traf­fic of­fend­ers have been tick­eted till date. Of­fi­cials of LASTMA are on the road en­forc­ing traf­fic laws dili­gently. They are not dis­grun­tled in any­way”, he said.

Photo: Ikechukwu Ibe.

From left: Na­tional Man­ager Busi­ness De­vel­op­ment (Aminiya), Jib­ril Slule; Re­search Of­fi­cer, Emek Ak­pan; Daily Trust Dis­trib­u­tor, Em­manuel Ugwu; Man­ager Mar­ket­ing and Sales, Has­san Karofi; Head Plan­ning and Dis­tri­bu­tion, Rasheed Yusuf; and Re­search Of­fi­cer, Bless­ing An­thony, dur­ing the pre­sen­ta­tion of gifts to Em­manuel Ugwu in Abuja yesterday.

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