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Perennial Gridlock: Lagos Assembly tasks Ambode on traffic control

Following the perennial traffic gridlock witnessed across different parts of the state, the Lagos State House of Assembly has urged Governor Akinwunmi Ambode to direct officials of the Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA) and Vehicle Inspection Service (VIS) to intensify traffic control in the state.

Commenting on the development, the Speaker of the House, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa said that the traffic situation had become worrisome.

Obasa who raised the matter on the floor of the House during plenary said it was the responsibility of the state government to ensure a free flow of traffic in the state.

“This is one of the duties of LASTMA. We should call on LASTMA and Governor Akinwunmi Ambode to order the leaders of LASTMA to ensure free flow of traffic in the state,” he said.

The Speaker added that; “LASTMA officials should stop the action of folding arms while motorists and okada riders do whatever they like on the roads. Any official that fails to perform his or her duty should be sanctioned.

“We will write the Governor to call on LASTMA and VIO to ensure free flow of traffic on all our roads in Lagos State while motorists should also obey traffic laws.”

He concluded saying; “We sympathise with LASTMA for losing one of their personnel, and we want the Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice in the state to initiate a process of compensation for the family of the deceased.”

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