In order to ease the traffic situation in Lagos State, the state government has instructed contractors handling road construction to create strategies that will help reduce the gridlock being experienced by motorists.
According to Punch, the Lagos State Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr Gbenga Omotosho, at the inauguration of the ‘Don’t Drink and Drive’ awareness campaign organised by the management of Lagos Traffic Radio, expressed serious concerns about the dilemma of motorists and commuters on Lagos roads.
“The problem (gridlock) is more persistent on the Agege Motor Road where construction work is ongoing. Based on this, the state government has directed the contractor to put measures in place to alleviate the plight of Lagosians all through the period of the construction,” said Gbenga Omotosho.
Mr Omotosho, while warning against drink-driving and recklessness on the road, reportedly disclosed that the Lagos State Government had partnered the police to relieve Lagosians of the difficulties caused by gridlock.
“Also, saving lives that could have been lost to alcohol-induced road crashes is a top priority for this government. As a result, initiatives, such as this, aimed at reducing road crashes on account of alcohol-impaired driving are commendable and must be supported by all and sundry.”
Meanwhile, the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT), Lagos State Chapter also at the inauguration ceremony stated that it had plans to team up with the Lagos State Government to manage traffic situations, by offering valuable advice on how to manage traffic crisis in the state.
Mr James Opaluwa, the Lagos State Chapter Chairman of CILT, said the institute recognizes the efforts and interest of the current administration in aiding transportation and traffic flow, hence the need to support.
“We have been working with the government before now. We once had an engagement with the Nigerian Navy and Nigeria Police Force. This resulted in the creation of one free lane in Apapa,” James Opaluwa said.
According to Mr James Opaluwa, the CILT had prepared a blueprint and had written to the governor and the Ministry of Transportation on the willingness to bring in the expertise of its members into traffic and logistics management in Lagos.
“We have written to the governor and shortly, we will be meeting with him to discuss traffic and transport issues in the state,” James Opaluwa said.