CITIZENS COMPASS– LAGOS State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA) has cautioned commercial bus operators and private car owners operating around Apongbon in Lagos Island, to desist from parking indiscriminately by roadside, kerbs, walkways thereby obstructing the free movement motorists and other road users in the area
The Authority promised to ensure free flow of traffic around Apongbo and it’s environs.
The caution by LASTMA, followed perennial gridlock ocassioned by the partial closure of Eko Bridge by the federal government.
LASTMA General Manager, Mr. Bolaji Oreagba, who disclosed this to Honourable FM, on Monday, 7th November, 2022, said he led an enforcement team of the Agency on a working visit to Eko Bridge by Apongbon, to monitor the traffic situation in the area.
Oreagba said it is imperative to re-arrange movements and seek alternative routes for motorists, particularly commercial bus drivers operating in and around the entire Apongbon axis.
The General Manager stated further that there is an urgent need to carry out a full impact assessment of the partial closure on vehicular movement from Tinubu Square, Idumota, Martins Street, Balogun, Apongbon, Broad Street and Nnamdi Azikiwe Street around Lagos Island.
According to him, ‘”Our working visitations to the entire Apongbon axis was to ensure that the partial closure of the Eko Bridge does not impede the free flow of traffic in any form and to find ways of working together with relevant stakeholders in monitoring illegal activities of street traders around the Apongbon area and the entire Lagos Island”.
He, however, promised to effectively manage and control the traffic situation around Apongbon, especially the blackspots around the entire Lagos Island and other areas across the State that are prone to traffic gridlocks.
Other stakeholders who joined the Lastma enforcement visitation team include the Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on New Media Mr. Jubril Gawat, Representatives of Lagos State Parks and Garages Management (Lagos Island Branch) and Officials of Lagos Island Central Business District (CBD).