by Alli Mustapha
The Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA) has debunked a trending social media report alleging that LASTMA officers, have been banned from apprehending violators of traffic laws and restricted to traffic control.
The General Manager, LASTMA, Mr. Olajide Oduyoye refuted the claim which said a decision to relinquish traffic officers emanated from a meeting between Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu and Executive Members of the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW).
Oduyoye maintained that there was no meeting between Lagos State Government and the NURTW, stressing that the 2018 Traffic Law clearly spelt out the duties of LASTMA officers.
He stated that it is not only irresponsible but mischievous for any individual to insinuate that Governor Sanwo-Olu gave directives contrary to the law.
While noting that transportation and traffic management constitute a vital part of the present administration’s T.H.E.M.E.S agenda, Oduyoye recalled that the government had always emphasised the need for LASTMA officials to uphold the law, irrespective of anyone involved.
Therefore, he implored the public to ignore and disregard the fake news designed to confuse and hoodwink motorists into breaking traffic rules, noting that violators will face the sanctions prescribed by the law.