Event cen­tres, clubs to seek ap­proval for events

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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.”

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