By OLASUNKANMI AKONI
Lagos — Lagos State Government has barred 911 commercial buses, popularly called “Molue” from operating on Lagos Island, especially, on any of the link bridges, the Third Mainland, Eko and Carter, as well as plying the Lagos Central Business District, CBD.
The move is part of government’s efforts at ensuring adequate monitoring of commercial vehicles operations and compliance with traffic rules and regulations.
Other prohibited routes include: Iddo, Ebute Ero,Apongbon,Obalende, Idumotae, CMS, among others.
The General Manager of Lagos State Traffic Management Authority, LASTMA, Babatunde Edu, disclosed this during a stakeholders’ meeting with the branch chairmen of the Lagos Urban Bus Owners Association of Nigeria, LUBON, the operators of molue buses in the state, at the agency’s headquarters, Oshodi.
According to him, though the directive became effective since August 9, 2012, Lagos State being a responsive and responsible government, which believed in enlightenment before enforcement, decided to shift the enforcement to this month.
Edu explained that LASTMA officials had been directed to ensure strict compliance and impound such vehicles found to have flouted the directive and urged operators to concentrate their operations in other parts of the state aside the restricted areas.
He reiterated that the state government had not banned the operations of “Molue” in the state, rather it had restricted their operations to areas like Orile, Iyana Ipaja, Mile 2, Mile 12, amongst others, and urged operators to voluntarily comply with the directive.
The LASTMA chairman appealed for cooperation and support of all the stakeholders.
In his response, the leader of the team Taofeek Adesina, commended the government for its effort at restoring sanity and order in the state and pledged the readiness of his members to support the new cause.