EMBER MONTHS: LASTMA issues warnings to road side traders
CITIZENS COMPASS– AS Lagosians look forward to another Yuletide, Lagos State Traffic Management Authority, LASTMA, has warned illegal/road side traders to stop transacting businesses on Lagos roads to avoid obstructing free flow of traffic in some parts of the State.
LASTMA General Manager, Mr. Bolaji Oreagba, sounded the warning over the weekend while addressing officers on the need to ensure free flow of traffic during and beyond ‘Ember Months’ across the State.
Mr. Oreagba disclosed that activities of these illegal traders impeed the free flow of traffic on major roads.
He disclosed further that Section (1) of the Lagos State Street trading and Illegal markets prohibition Law of 2003 prohibits both buyers and sellers from engaging in business activities at unauthorized places: while there are various penalties/jail terms for anyone found guilty for contravening the Law.
“It has become worrisome having to spend many hours in traffic caused by illegal traders on our roads, thereby creating an artificial bottleneck”
“We have to put a stop to that by ensuring that activities involving buying and selling are taken off the roads and put back into market complex designed for such”
He said the warning was also meant to protect lives of illegal traders from unforseen circumstances such as accidents from reckless private/commercial/truck/tanker drivers.
The General Manager lamented that these illegal trading activities persisted, despite several warnings to the traders to stop displaying and selling wares on main roads, medians, road- setbacks, bus-stops, and drainage alignments.
Oreagba however called on market leaders to support the Agency in ensuring activities of these illegal traders are put under check to make our roads free for motorists and other road users across the State.