Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babatunde Fashola (SAN) has released a set of statistics, which show that the Lagos State Traffic Management Traffic Authority has helped reduced traffic accidents in the state.
Governor Fashola revealed that the implementation of the Road Traffic Law in the State has brought successes noting that the 646 accidents recorded by August 2012 had dipped to 111 by August this year.
He added that deaths on commercial motorcycles which stood at 15 monthly has reduced to one per month while between the period of August to October this year, no death was recorded on commercial motorcycles in the state.
The governor made this announcement on Tuesday while attending the induction of new Special Traffic Mayors and interactive session with Lagos State Traffic Management Authority personnel.
He reiterated the fact that the primary responsibility of the operatives of the agency is to keep traffic moving and not about arresting those who violate traffic laws.
He emphasized that if any LASTMA official realizes that in the process of arresting a traffic offender, there is every likelihood of creating more traffic bottleneck such a traffic offender should be let go.
He reminded that if traffic is kept moving, the quality of life of the average citizen would improve as fewer hours would be spent in traffic and more money saved by the motorists and commuters on the roads.
He also explained that the State Government is currently constructing over 200 inner city roads round the state, some of which are in various stages of completion and have resulted in some forms of traffic bottlenecks as well at this period.
He described the reported case of an operative of LASTMA who was caught on tape by a member of the public, soliciting for inducement as that of a bad egg that does not represent the true face of LASTMA, adding that a manhunt is on for the runaway official who would be made to face the law for his act.
“The truth is that in the area of public transportation, government has not been efficient in the operator capacity. In running buses, in running ferries, government has not been efficient, not only in Nigeria but in other parts of the world”, the Governor said.
According to him, “The efficiency of government has always been in provision of infrastructure, ferry terminals, jetties, and roads and so on which is what we are doing in Lagos. We are shifting our efficiency where we have comparative advantage. Bus and ferry operators cannot afford that”.
Hinting of a parking policy being put together by the State Government, Governor Fashola, said it has taken his administration about three years to put the policy together, assured that when it is introduced, all the problems associated with parking anywhere in the state would be solved.