Event centres, clubs to seek approval for events
The Lagos State Commissioner for Transportation, Dr Frederic Oladeinde, has stated that event centres, clubs, and similar organisations in the state must obtain written consent from the Lagos State Traffic Management Authority before hosting any party or events.
In a press statement on Tuesday, Oladeinde said the directive was a followup to an earlier directive to event centres and club owners preparing for events to notify LASTMA for adequate traffic management and parking arrangements.
he said, “Illegal parking of vehicles on roadsides by event attendees and other merrymakers have always resulted in gridlocks. Now, it is mandatory for all event centres, clubs and similar organisations in the state to obtain a written approval or consent from LASTMA, at least one week before the party or event.
“This will allow LASTMA to plan for the management of the events such that there will be free vehicular movement in and around the venue of the event without obstructing traffic for other people going about their lawful duties,” the commissioner added.
While urging operators of event centres, clubs and other places of attraction across the state to abide by the rules, the commissioner warned that any commercial centre that failed to obtain the written approval would be shut down and might not be reopened until their owners pay stipulated fines.
“The relevant sections of the state traffic law that guide the operation of event centres and clubs are still in place and the government will not hesitate to apply the law on any erring event centre or club that fails to comply with the law.”