For the sake of saving unnecessary man-hour lost to traffic by Lagosians operating within the CBD and the desire for a conducive environment for businesses to thrive in Lagos Island, the Lagos State Government has launched a full scale traffic enforcement programme to decongest the area.
The enforcement exercise which was carried out in and around Agbongbon axis of Lagos island by CBD monitoring officers in their reflective vests, volunteers, State Task force, KAI&LASTMA officials as well as security personnel took motorists and commuters by surprise as many vehicles parked indiscriminately were clamped and towed away with a view to impose heavy fines to serve as deterrent to others.
Special Adviser to the Governor on Central Business Districts, Agboola Dabiri, who led the enforcement exercise in company of his counterpart in the Ministry of Transportation, Anofiu Elegushi, said the target of government is to have a smooth, free-flow and unhindered traffic during yuletide and beyond in CBD areas especially in Lagos Island which serves as the hub of businesses in the state.
According to him: “Government has set machineries in motion to curtail the nuisances and unwholesome practices of commercial bus drivers and some car owners who are in the habit of impeding traffic through illegal parking on the road to pick passengers, driving against traffic as well as using unauthorised places as bus stops.
“The state government will not relent in its promise of providing enabling and conducive environment in the CBD axis for businesses to thrive.
‘’He said the provision of a conducive business environment would attract investors and that this will ultimately which will ultimately boost the economy of the state. This is even as he appealed to Lagosians to cooperate with government in its quest of taking the CBD to the next level in line with international standard as obtained in other developed cities of the world.”
Speaking further Dabiri a one-time Chairman of Surulere Local Government Area of the state, said the exercise will continue until motorists as well as traders and other stakeholders within the CBD observe the right attitude and abiding by all rules and regulations guiding the CBD.
“Series of sensitisation and awareness programmes, extensive publicity as well as meetings with stakeholders have been carried out in the past to alert the general public on the need to observe and obey the rules wherever they are within the CBD axis for one business or the other,” he said.
Speaking in the same vein, Elegushi said impediments to traffic on the Lagos Island were man-made and it will be in the best interest of Lagosians to obey simple rules and regulations and desist from all manners of nefarious and illegal activities that causes traffic congestion in the metropolis for the benefit of all.
“When traders and motorists obey simple instructions and abide by traffic law of the state, traffic congestion often experienced in Lagos especially on the Island will be a thing of the past,” Elegushi said.
Meanwhile, as the Christmas and New Year celebrations approach, Lagos Business District is gradually being lockdown by both human and vehicular traffic.
A visit to some of the major markets on the business district like Ebute Ero, Balogun, Nnamdi Azikiwe, Gorodomu, Apongbon among others, revealed huge traffic of vehicles and men both struggling to wade through the sea of human traffic that have besieged the various markets.
Speaking to Broad Street Diary on the huge traffic, Mrs. Mary Akinwumi who sells textile materials at the Nnamdi Azikiwe market said there is nothing unusual about the traffic on the Lagos Island particularly at this period of the year.
Akinwumi said the Christmas and New Year is fast approaching, and traders and shoppers alike from near and far have to come and buy since the markets on the Island is where they can get whatever they need and also at cheap prices. ‘’Remember we have the big traders here who sell wholesale to those who will resell it, while those who are buying for their need also take advantage of the wholesale price.
Source: National Mirror Nigeria