Why Our Officers Withdrew From Lagos Roads – LASTMA


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The Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA) has brought to light why its officials stayed off Lagos roads.

The General manager, LASTMA, Olajide Oduyoye, stated that its officials withdrew from the roads due to the ‘recent #EndSARS violence which resulted in looting, arson and destruction of twelve LASTMA zonal offices’.

He also added that there were cases of physical attacks on LASTMA officers which had left unfortunate physical and psychological scars on its operation personnel.
Oduyoye said, “All the same, we are taking stock, restructuring and re-strategizing and this is the reason why we have only about sixty per cent of our beats at some strategic intersections/ junctions to eliminate frictions, reduce delays and ensure better flow of traffic.

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“We are aware of the traffic congestion suffered by commuters as a result of many damaged traffic light junctions, absence of BRT bus operations, illegal vehicular movements and the general lack of respect for driving ethics by some.

“In all, the safety of every LASTMA personnel as with all Lagos residents is equally paramount”.

He further assured residents and citizens who had experienced distressful traffic congestion that the authority, LASTMA was set to fully return to manage road traffic, as the tension caused by violence lessened in different areas.

Oduyoye extended his appreciation to all LASTMA officials for their cooperation and asked that all stakeholders look forward to better days ahead.

The LASTMA Director of Operations, Bolaji Oreagba, had previously assured the General Manager that “we will do what we are statutorily noted for within the ambit of our terms of reference with agrarian vigour and determination that we support the State Government”.

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