By Evelyn Usman
The Commissioner of Police, Lagos State Police Command , Imohimi Edgal, yesterday, said that the command would partner with the Lagos State Traffic Management Authority, LASTMA , with a view to finding a lasting solution to the traffic congestion along the Oshodi/ Apapa expressway and other major roads in Lagos.
This is just as he has attributed the perennial gridlock along the Oshodi / Apapa expressway to lack of adequate packing bay for trucks as well as bad roads.
Speaking during a visit to LASTMA’s corporate headquarters at Oshodi, Edgal , also blamed failure of terminal operators to provide parking bays for trucks that were transacting business in their terminals , as the cause of the gridlock
He also noted that the old parking bay located inside the port had been concessioned to private operators, a move he said was given as excuse by truck drivers to park on the road.
He lamented that the resultant effect of the wrong parking was the spillage of traffic congestion witnessed around Lagos .
He was also quick to add that the control of the free flow of traffic and activities of truck drivers at the ports was not under the jurisdiction of the command but that of the Maritime Police
He however stated that for the benefit of the safety ofLagosians, the command would partner with LASTMA to ensure that activities of truck drivers along the route were regulated.
Describing LASTMA as a prime partner in traffic control , management and security in the state , Edgal explained that his visit was ” to work out ways to have closer synergy and partnership with LASTMA. In a society where you have organised and robust traffic management strategy , you must have free flow of traffic , safe high way safe street. In such community, there will definitely be low crime rate. ”
He said that in line with the renewed synergy with the LASTMA, policemen would be posted at areas prone to traffic , in order to provide security for motorists, LASTMA officials controlled the free flow of traffic.
He said that the initiative was necessary , as the influx of vehicles into the state would be more, as the year draws to an end .
Earlier, while on his way to LASTMA’s office, the CP was trapped in traffic along Maryland, a situation that forced him out of his vehicle , to control the free flow of vehicles to different directions.
In his response, the Chief Executive Officer, LASTMA, Assistant Inspector- General of Police ( rtd) Chris Olakpe , appealed to the visiting CP to post more policemen to assist officials of LASTMA in the fight towards ensuring that the state’s traffic rules and regulations were adhered to , particularly the agency, by commercial bus drivers who he accused of obstructing the way for other road users.
Describing the new synergy as a welcome development towards achieving the purpose for which the agency was established, Olapke stated that there was also need for the joint force to take the campaign to motor parks and garages.