Wednesday, 8 August 2012

LASTMA warns officials as PDP faults new traffic laws

Following the
signing of the Lagos Road
Traffic Law, General Manager
of Lagos State Traffic
Management Authority,
LASTMA, Mr Babatunde Edu,
has warned traffic officials
against bribery, corruption
and to avoid
overzealousness in the
discharge of their duties in
the cause of enforcing the
new law or face the wrath of
law.
Edu handed down the
warning, yesterday, during
an interactive session with
the traffic officials at LASTMA
Headquarters, Oshodi.
He further warned that
government would not
hesitate to bring to book any
of the personnel found to
have engaged in illegalities
that could tarnish the image
of the government.
Meanwhile, the Lagos State
chapter of the Peoples
Democratic Party, PDP, has
faulted the Lagos State
government over the new
traffic law.
The party frowned at the
government’s decision to
hide the holistic provisions
of the law from the public,
thereby making it difficult for
its thorough analysis.
In a statement, PDP’s
Publicity Secretary, Mr Taofik
Gani, described the style as
typical of Governor
Babatunde Fashola’s
administration whenever it
wanted to be ”mischievous
or lacks moral confidence.”
According to the party, “yes,
we have heard about a
traffic law, but nobody can
claim a copy of the whole
provisions. Now there is
controversy on the
commencement date. While
the Lagos State
Commissioner for
Transportation says later, the
Attorney-General says
immediately.
The party added that
“Lagosians are just pushed
around and confused by the
antics of Fashola’s
administration. They are
taken for granted by all these
obnoxious and unfriendly
Laws and we wonder
whether the Lagos State
House of Assembly has not
become a puppet of
Governor Fashola”.
On the ban of Road
Transport Workers Unions, it
said “ lagosians should hold
Governor Fashola
responsible for any
breakdown of Law and
Order at motor parks”.

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