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GHEN GHEN: Sanwo-olu orders VIO to limit operations

by Whitney Omoh

In response to the complaints of motorists in Lagos, the State Governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has issued an order to Vehicle Inspection Officers (VIO) to operate between 12:00pm and 3:00pm daily. He said that the order was to ensure that there’s free flow of traffic at peak periods and to ease the pain of motorists.

The order was given on Tuesday, November 26, 2017, after the monthly security meeting held at the State House, Alausa Secretariat, Ikeja also attended by security chiefs in the state.

Commenting, the Governor said; “We are using this medium to announce administratively that we have restricted the operations of the men of the Lagos State Vehicle Inspection Unit between the hours of 12pm in the midday and 3pm, which is the period we have less traffic flow. They must conduct their inspection within this period before people begin to leave their offices so that their operations will not cause unnecessary delays for motorists.”

Sanwo-Olu further stated that actions will be taken against anyone who flout the Executive Order on one way driving, while also reiterating of commercial motorcycles on marked highways. He cautioned that any vehicle arrested for driving against the traffic will be ceased.

 “We are going to go all out to enforce control on our roads in line with my Executive Order. This is the period we need to restore sanity back and keep the State safe. Okada riders are still not allowed to ply roads and places where they have been restricted. The enforcement will be aggressive. There will be arrest and forfeiture if anyone is arrested for driving on one-way,” he said.

The Governor also ordered the immediate removal of heavy-duty vehicles illegally parked under bridges and unapproved places across the State, observing that the action was causing “grave security concern” for the Government.

He said that actions will to be taken against owners of trucks who fail to remove their vehicles which may include forfeiture and prosecution.

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