The Lagos State Taskforce has carried out a sensitization/campaign exercise to enlighten and educate members of the public on the dangers of driving against traffic (one-way).
The taskforce also campaigned against the dangers of okada operation on restricted routes, street trading and other environmental vices which are not in tandem with global practices.
This was disclosed in a statement signed by the Director, Press & Public Affairs, Gbadegan Abdulraheem.
The statement read in part, “The programme which was anchored by the Chairman of the Agency, CSP Shola Jejeloye who was represented by Superintendent of Police, Barbara Okhakhu enlightened commercial drivers and traders who were present at the various venues on the need to adhere to traffic rules and also proper environmental hygiene in order to keep their surrounding healthy, serene and habitable in line with the THEMES Agenda of the State Government.
“Driving in one way is dangerous and suicidal. That is our message to you all here and we hope that everyone here has seen the repercussions of driving against traffic which is forfeiture of the vehicle to the State Government. Riding okada and street trading is also prohibited and we have said it times without number that if anyone caught, both the street trader, rider and passenger will be held liable and prosecuted.
“The Chairman also addressed traders, bus drivers and private motorists at Iyana-Ipaja on the dangers inherent in violating traffic rules. He appealed to them to be more patient and considerate when driving.
“He spoke to artisans and traders at Abule Egba and appealed to them to desist from displaying their wares by the roadside or on walkways which posses as a bottleneck to the free flow of traffic on Lagos Roads.
“He assured them that adequate provisions have been made by the State Government to accommodate traders in various markets across the State in order to achieve the Mega City status.
“The Chairman assured that this exercise would be continuous and spread across other parts of the State in order to make sure that the message is passed and understood by all.
“The exercise which was the second in the series of the Agency’s sensitization and campaign for best practices was attend by the Senior Management Staff of the Agency, Senior Managers of Parks and Garages, Iyalojas and drivers and other well-meaning Lagosians drawn from both piblic and private sectors who we helped in spreading the message across to the general public.”