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LASTMA seeks collaborative measures to combat gridlock

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LASTMA seeks collaborative measures to combat gridlock


THE Lagos State Transport Management Authority is seeking collaborative measures to combat the traffic gridlock, which is becoming a cause of worry to residents of the state.

At a stakeholders’ meeting between the agency and the Oriwu Club in Ikorodu, Lagos, on Saturday, the General Manager, LASTMA, Mr. Alade Edu, pointed out that LASTMA had the responsibility of ensuring that vehicles move freely while effectively and efficiently managing other challenges on the roads.

Edu, who listed Ikorodu as a key area where urgent attention was required to tackle its perpetual gridlock because of its importance in linking Lagos State to other states, said a deliberate plan was in place to ensure the effective use of the garages and road expansion in the area.

He added that collaborations between the agency and the motoring public would curb the incessant gridlock.

Edu also urged motorists to obey traffic rules and regulations while on the road.

He said, “A plan has been submitted to look into the garages, especially the Sabo Garage to ensure its effective use. Construction work will also be carried out so that whenever it rains, there will be free flow of water and this will not cause obstruction. To do this, some buildings might have to go. These are the things we have to do because we have the responsibility of ensuring free flow of vehicles.”

The Zonal Commander, Ikeja, Ikorodu, Mrs. Latifat Giwa, who attributed the gridlock to the poor condition of the roads, added that in ensuring free flow of traffic, motorists should cooperate with traffic officials and obey traffic regulations.

Giwa added that whenever a motorist experienced a flat tyre on a busy road, he should endeavour to move the vehicle to a safer place where it would not cause obstruction before changing the tyre.”

A stakeholder, Mr. Amiko Oduborisha, who is an Ikorodu resident, lamented the waste of man-hours by commuters on a daily basis, adding that to tackle gridlock, there must be adequate data of vehicles moving in and out of a particular direction.

He stressed the need for road expansion that would accommodate the vehicles.

Another stakeholder, the Vice-President, Oriwu Club, Mr. Olukayode Anibaba, said the way to tackle the transportation problem in the state was for relevant agencies to set a minimum standard of academic qualification a driver, especially the commercial ones, must have before driving.

Anibaba, while appealing to the state government to do something on the Lagos-Ikorodu Road, noted that most of the drivers on the road could neither read nor write, hence did not understand road signs and this had become a great problem contributing to the gridlock. - Nigerian news, Travel news, naija, Nigeria, West Africa

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