Lagos State Ministry of Transportation has charged its Agencies to drive new initiatives that will improve traffic management and transportation in the state.
The Permanent Secretary in the Ministry, Engr. Abdulhafiz Toriola, gave the charge during a visit to the Head Offices of the Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA), Lagos State Drivers Institute (LASDRI) and the Lagos State Bus Service Limited (LBSL), all in Oshodi.
He said traffic management and transportation is key to driving the economy of the state.
Toriola admonished LASTMA personnel to be alert in the wake of the wanton destruction of road infrastructure by some deviant Motorists, stressing that Officers deployed in the metropolis need to be observant and proactive in the discharge of their duties.
He further urged the traffic management team to identify unauthorised bus stops used by recalcitrant commercial bus drivers with a view to curbing their excesses, declaring that yellow bus operators and commuters will be made to utilize approved bus stops in order to reduce traffic congestion on the roads.
He equally charged LASDRI Officials to discharge the Institute’s responsibility with the utmost professionalism, noting that drivers need to put up a positive attitude while on the road. While stressing the need for periodic training of divers in the state, Toriola highlighted the institute’s role in reducing road accidents across the state.
The permanent secretary further reiterated the need for the Lagos Bus Service Limited (LBSL) to look inward for new innovations that can improve its operation so as to be more efficient in the delivery of its services.
He also implored the leadership of the Bus Service to ensure that all its drivers undergo periodic training at LASDRI.
Responding, all the heads of the agencies assured the Permanent Secretary of their resolve to ensure the mandate of the ministry is achieved.