By Yemi Adeleye
Lagos – The Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA) says it has deployed 1,500 officers to ease traffic in the state during the Yuletide.
The General Manager of LASTMA, Mr Olajide Oduyoye, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on the sideline of the inauguration of the Vehicle Inspection Service (VIS) Headquarters in Lagos on Tuesday.
Oduyoye said that LASTMA would not let Sanwo-Olu, commuters and the motoring public in Lagos State down during the festivity.
“We are going to be working as usual. We know there is going to be a lot of pressure. We know we need to be visible and doing the work diligently.
“This is a special moment for the public to appreciate the efforts that we are making.
“We will not let the governor down and we will not let the people of Lagos down.
“This is what we will try and achieve during the Christmas celebration and the New Year.
“We have about 1,500 officers that are out already to ease traffic flow. We are covering the whole of Lagos State and but there are choked points will we give attention,” the LASTMA boss said.
According to him, though LASTMA officers will cover all parts of the state, special attention will be given to Victoria Island, Ikeja and others because of the event centres and other attractions.
He said that the authority would also not relax in the other areas.
Oduyoye urged the motoring public and commuters to know that a lot of road repairs were going on, hence the need to be patient, obey traffic laws and listen to traffic managers.
On the ongoing road repairs, he said that it was better motorists suffered the pains now that the rain had subsided for the work to move faster than to shift the work till next year.
According to him, if the rain catches up again, it will not help the government to deal with the road repair as expected.
“Let us endure now, and by early next year, January or February, we should all be enjoying free flow of traffic in the state.
“Road users should not be in a haste, they should be their brother’s keeper.
“When you are driving on the road, note that the road is a shared asset, it is not just about you alone.
“If a motorist parks in a wrong place, he or she is affecting someone negatively. If a driver follows one way, he is affecting and endangering lives of others.
“We should consider all these as road users,” Oduyoye said.
He urged motorists to change their negative attitude to the use of road and consider others.