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Chaos as LASAA officials forcefully remove traffic warden booths from roads


Lagos State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode

It was commotion on Friday, as officials of the Lagos State Signage and Advertisement Agency (LASAA), went on rampage on Acme Road, Ogba Ikeja, Lagos, to remove Traffic Warden Booths donated by Mikano International Limited.

The Guardian gathered that booths were removed due to Mikano’s refusal to pay N350m, being an accumulated outstanding permit fees on the company’s advertisement structures (Traffic Warden Booths) in the state from 2011 to 2017, of which the state governor, Akinwunmi Ambode, graciously granted the company a discount of N50 million, hence making the bill N300m.

An official of the company, Maissa Herness, said the traffic official booths were donated as part of the organisation’s corporate social responsibility (CSR), not just in Lagos State, but also across the country to provide shelter for traffic officials, as well as the police from rain and sunshine.

Herness stated that Mikano had in a Letter of Appeal to Governor Ambode, dated July 1, 2017, signed by the chairman/CEO, Mofid Karameh, pleaded that the governor use his good office to help address the matter.

According to her, to further support Lagos State and the nation in maintaining and deploying appropriately, when the demand/request for traffic became high by other government security agencies and the public, Mikano decided to establish first class fabrication factory, where the booths are fabricated and maintained.

“This CSR is a continuous production process provided on daily/weekly basis to replace and maintain dilapidated ones. Aside this, we have different maintenance team that monitors and cleans the traffic stands periodically and on daily basis, which has created employment for Nigerians,” she said.

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