By Ikenwa Charity
Both Private motorists and commercial bus drivers have been issued 7-day ‘Vacation Order’ halt operations on top of bridges in Lagos Sate.
The Special Adviser to the Lagos State Governor on Transportation Hon. Sola Giwa, issued the 7-day ‘Vacation Order’ based on the need to remove every infraction impeding free flow of traffic on bridges across the state.
The statement signed by Adebayo Taofiq, Director Public Affairs and Enlightenment Department of LASTMA through where Hon. Giwa disclosed that despite several warnings, motorists/commercial bus drivers have continued to defy government order and causing serious gridlock around the bridges with great negative impacts on the integrity of the infrastructural amenities in the state.
He confirmed that the present administration is expending huge resources for constructing standard bus terminals/garages for commercial activities in every part of the State.
Giwa said, “Every motorist/commercial bus driver operating along ‘Apongbon’ and ‘Idumota’ (Cater) Bridges, ‘Elegbata:, ‘Ebute-Ero’ and ‘Ejalonibu’ must as a matter of urgency, vacate these areas as LASTMA would commence strict enforcement operation immediately after the expiration of this ultimatum until zero tolerance is achieved across the state.”
He also mentioned that activities of the motorists/commercial bus drivers on bridges are contrary to provisions of the Lagos State Transport Sector Reform Law 2018 as amended.
However, the S.A, affirmed that after the expiration of the ultimatum, vehicles found around such areas have contravened the Law and would be immediately charged to the Lagos State Mobile Court for prosecutions.
“This 7-day ‘Vacation Order’ takes immediate effect from Monday, 16th of October, 2023,” he added.