The Lagos State House of Assembly was said to have commenced the process to review the Transport Sector Reform Law (2018), to ensure the law fits the current reality and add a human face to sections that stipulate penalties for traffic offenders in the state.
Although the ongoing process to amend the four years old law were yet to be made public at the house, the lawmakers were said to be engaging one another on possible adjustment that could be done to the law to conform with present challenges and others in the state.
The Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, Moyosore Onigbanjo, disclosed the ongoing engagement at the House on Tuesday during an interview on a popular television programme in the state.
Onigbanjo said that until amendments were made to the law, all provisions and penalties stipulated in the existing law remains effective as it was before.
“The Lagos State Transport Sector Reform Law is currently being reviewed by the state House of Assembly and amendments will be in place as soon as possible.
“This issue of driving against traffic has become such a nuisance, such a danger, and such a menace to society that something drastic has to be done, and the legislators at that time imposed these penalties.
“There is a process to amend the law so people can go up to their representatives in the state house of assembly and make agitations that in our view, this is draconian and we think you should change the law. That could kick-start the process but ongoing right now, there is a process to review the law,” he explained.
However, Onigbanjo warned commercial drivers and other motorists not to jeopardise their means of livelihood by flouting traffic laws and killing innocent road users and passersby in the process.
According to the AG, Lagos is a city where law and order must be obeyed and not a jungle where there is anarchy and bedlam. The essence of the law is deterrence. Some people say the punishment is not appropriate but it depends on their perspectives.
“Government doesn’t set out to punish its citizens but there must be law and order. Whilst some will like to complain when these laws are enforced, the minute most Nigerians travel abroad, they comply with every law. The law is for the benefit of all, it is for our sanity.
“Do not put your means of livelihood in jeopardy by breaching the law and then when you breach the law, you then try to whip up sentiments.
“If you see the Lady of Justice, it is blindfolded, it doesn’t look at emotions; the law does not look at emotions. Why risk your means of livelihood if you know it is the only thing you have to sustain yourself economically? Why risk it by breaching the law?” Onigbanjo added.