As part of efforts to rid Lagos of perennial traffic gridlock, the
state Ministry of Transportation and the Federal Road Safety Corps, FRSC, are to explore areas of partnership, including joint patrol that will involve officials of Vehicle Inspection Services, VIS, Lagos State Traffic Management Authority, LASTMA, and FRSC.
This was disclosed by the special adviser to the governor on Transportation, Prince Anofiu Elegushi, during a courtesy visit to his office by the Lagos State Sector Commander of FRSC, Mr. Hyginus Omeje.
He said that managing traffic in Lagos required all agencies with related responsibility to act in unison rather than at cross purpose.
Elegushi said that synergy among traffic and security agencies would serve to boost the ability to sanction erring motorists, especially as a significant number of motorists and vehicles lack necessary papers to be on the road.
He stated that the state government was receptive to ideas that would assist it in resolving the traffic logjam, adding that transportation was at the heart of the state’s economy and could not be taken for granted.
While noting that attitude played a major part in the traffic gridlock on the roads, the special adviser urged drivers and commuters to exercise patience when driving.
Earlier in his remark, the sector commander suggested that the establishment of a joint patrol team would address both the quality of vehicles on the road as well as ensure prompt adherence to the demands of the state’s traffic and other extant laws.
He called for an expanded state security council, as in the case in Edo State, to include other agencies so that cross cutting issues which make up the security apparatus would be handled.
The sector commander also suggested the establishment of a mobile court which would try all traffic offenders arrested by the joint team.
While noting that Lagos State was at the forefront of providing effective transport management in Nigeria, he cited the creation of LASTMA and Motor Vehicle Administration Authority/Agency, MVAA, and the automation of process of licences as critical steps taken by the state which were now being copied by other states.
He also urged the state government to look into the issue of abandoned vehicles, noting that such vehicles were constituting security risk.
It would be recalled that Governor Ambode recently announced that the state was set to introduce a world class traffic information and management system to drastically change the face of Lagos traffic.

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