BY DAPO AKINREFON
The Lagos State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has called for the disbandment of the Lagos State Traffic Management Authority, LASTMA, for alleged misconduct by its officials.
A statement by the party’s Publicity Secretary, Mr. Taofik Gani, said the disbandment was imperative due to the loss of innocent lives caused by officials of LASTMA.
It would be recalled that some officials of LASTMA allegedly attacked a bus driver on Tuesday beating him to death.
The party stated that “we demand the disbandment and or sack of the LASTMA General Manager, Mr. Babatunde Edu.
“The outfit is obviously not fit and proper to manage traffic. We reiterate that LASTMA, as currently constituted is political and has revenue target, thus cannot discharge the responsibility of traffic management without being unprofessional and thereby causing avoidable accidents. They indeed have financial targets to meet,” he said.
While it accused the traffic agency of not being effective in the control of traffic across the state, it stated that “LASTMA is for revenue and not sincerely to manage traffic in the state. It is a creation of the aggressive revenue drive of the ACN state government prompted by the continuous retainership of ALPHA BETA, the tax consultant..”
Furthermore, it accused LASTMA of the alleged number of deaths recorded from the professional misconduct of LASTMA officers, saying; “there are also records of illegal arrests of motorists. We all remember the case of Yinka Johnson wrongfully accused of knocking down a LASTMA officer.