Operatives of the Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA) and the Lagos State Police Command have agreed to strengthen their partnership on traffic management in Lagos State.
The General Manager of LASTMA, Mr Bolaji Oreagba disclosed this over the weekend during a courtesy visit to his office by the Lagos State Commissioner for Police, CP Idowu Owohunwa at LASTMA Headquarters, Oshodi, Lagos.
Mr. Oreagba said that road users, particularly the motoring public would be the greatest beneficiary of this partnership in the area of efficient and effective management of traffic and checking excesses of recalcitrant drivers, especially among commercial bus drivers on Lagos roads.
The General Manager confirmed that the operational guidelines of the Agency comprise seven Comptrollers who cover the three Senatorial Districts of the State, 21 Commanders and 45 Zebras including BRT (1&2) within the free trade zone.
He highlighted areas where the partnership with Lagos State Police Command will be most required to include Iyana Oworonsoki, Iyana-Ipaja, Ojuelegba Bridge, Ikorodu Round-About, Ikorodu Road, Lekki-Ajah, Obalende, Marine/Eko bridge, Costain, Igando, Apapa-Oshodi expressway, Egbeda and Ketu amongst others.
Earlier, the Assistant Comptroller of LASTMA, Mr. Jubril Oshodi confirmed that the establishment of Lagos State School Safety Advocacy Programme (LASTSAP) by the Agency was aimed at developing a better understanding of roads traffic safety and reducing the impact of trauma on our road.
He disclosed further that the programme is also aimed at protecting the future and ensuring sustainable development by catching them young (students).
In his address, the Lagos State Commissioner of Police, CP Idowu Owohunwa commended the Lagos State Government for the establishment of Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA), saying “The presence of LASTMA Officers at different choke points, managing and controlling traffic on roads has made security job easier for Policemen at various divisions in Lagos.
While encouraging LASTMA officials not to be discouraged despite provocations from the motoring public, the Commissioner, however, gave assurance of developing a structure that would strengthen the collaboration of both agencies of government.
Top officials present at the meeting include SP Benjamin Hundeyin (PPRO LAGOS), Hon. Toyin Aremu (SSA on Transportation to the Governor), LASTMA Comptrollers, Commanders and Zebras among others.