LASTMA, transport unions pledge to sustain free flow of traffic
The management of the Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA) and leadership of transport unions in Lagos have cemented agreement to partner at sustaining the free flow of traffic being enjoyed by motorists and commuters in the state.
The agreement was reached at the weekend after the stakeholders meeting between the management of LASTMA and executives of transport unions in Lagos at the Oshodi headquarters of the agency.
Speaking at the meeting, the Chief Executive Officer of LASTMA, Chris Olakpe, an Assistant Inspector General of Police (AIG), noted that the transport unions and other service providers in the industry have crucial roles to play in the current drive to have permanent seamless traffic on Lagos roads.
Olakpe condemned the gruesome murder of LASTMA official, Suraju Bakare at Apapa and warned transport union executives to ensure there was no repeat of such occurrence.
He advised them to take advantage of the agency’s ‘open-door’ policy to lodge complaints against erring traffic officials, instead of carrying out jungle justice on law enforcement officials.
The LASTMA boss warned that the agency would use the instrumentality of the law to deal with any motorists who abuse LASTMA officials, while urging the union executives to always educate their members on traffic laws and road safety rules.
According to him, “the union executives must begin to act decisively on the issues of members discipline, as many of the drivers have no regards for law and order.”
He warned the drivers of articulated vehicles and BRT buses to desist from harassing and intimidating other road users.
Speaking at the same occasion, the General Manager of LASTMA, Mr. Wale Musa, attributed the cause of traffic gridlock in Lagos to driver’s impatience, insensitivity and impunity on the roads.
He frowned at the inability of transport union executives to maintain drivers’ discipline on the roads. “Many of the commercial drivers have no regards for law and order on the roads,” he said.
In his own contribution, chairman of Association of Maritime Truck Owners (AMATO) Chief Remi Ogungbemi, assured LASTMA management that the era of impunity on Lagos roads was over.