As part of measures aimed at discouraging plying of major roads by motorcycle operators across Lagos State metropolis, lawmakers at the Lagos State House of Assembly has charged the Ministry of Transportation, related departments and agencies to ensure effective enforcement of the State’s transportation laws, especially as it relates to commercial motorcycle riders.
The explained that implementation of the law had become imperative in line with the State Government’s commitment to rid the state’s metropolis of the menace of the okada riders and ensure sanity return to the roads for motorists and other road users thereby reducing instances of road accidents involving motorcycle operators.
The Chairman, Committee On Transportation, Hon. Temitope Adewale, said that effective enforcement of the laws would save residents and discourage the plying of major roads by Okada riders.
Adewale who spoke yesterday during a visit to the Ministry of Transportation, the Motor Vechicle Adminnistration Agency (MVAA) and the Lagos Metropolitan Area Transportation Agency (LAMATA), said that such enforcement would also help to stop the use of one-way by drivers.
The chairman who commended the management of MVAA over its revenue generation, advised the agency to device means within the laws to actualise its mandate inspite of the challenges facing it.
According to the lawmaker, based on the revenue generated so far by the agency, it shows that Lagos is a prosperous state despite the country’s economic downturn.
At LAMATA, the committee chairman commended the agency for ensuring effective mass transit, adding that the state would continue to witness infrastructural development in the transportation sector.
Adewale also urged the agency to quickly complete ongoing projects so that new ones should commence before the weather becomes unfriendly.
Meanwhile, the Commissioner for Transportation, Dr Fredrick Oladeinde, said the ministry would continue to work with the House of Assembly to ensure the effective delivery of dividends of democracy.
Oladeinde said that the ministry would further ensure that people are able to drive seamlessly from one point to the other without fear, stating that the state has a transport masterplan which would address the challenges facing the sector.
Also, the General Manager of MVAA, Lape Kilanko, pointed out the challenges facing the agency as she sought the assistance of the House in addressing them.
Kilanko lamented that local governments and Local Council Development Authorities, LCDAs, were collecting the revenue that the agency was saddled to collect and that this had affected the revenue drive of the agency.