Operatives of the Lagos State Traffic Management Authority and Federal Road Safety Corps, Lagos Sector Command, have agreed to form a Joint Task Force with other professional traffic managers on accident reduction particularly truck crashes on Lagos roads.
In a Monday statement by the Director, Public Affairs and Enlightenment department of LASTMA, Mr Adebayo Taofiq, the General Manager, Mr Bolaji Oreagba, was said to have agreed to the proposed Joint Task Force during a courtesy call over the weekend.
The proposal was made by the new Sector Commander, FRSC Lagos, Corps Commander Babatunde Farinloye and his team.
Oreagba disclosed that LASTMA as a first responder at any emergency/accident scene across the state had been rescuing accident victims particularly those involved in truck crashes in collaboration with other emergency responders.
The agencies include the Lagos State Ambulance Services, Lagos State Emergency Management Agency, National Emergency Management Authority, Lagos Fire & Rescue Service and the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps.
“Sequel to the need to prevent further loss of lives and properties through truck crashes on Ojuelegba bridge, LASTMA had deployed trained officers to be disallowing heavy duty trucks/tankers from plying on top Ojuelegba Bridge by Ikorodu Road,” he said, according to the statement.
He maintained that for fairness, equity and quick dispensation of justice on all traffic violators including truck drivers, the Lagos State Mobile would be part of the LASTMA, FRSC joint Task Force on Accident Reduction.
The GM however stated that innocent motorists including other road users who were mostly victims of road accident would be beneficial of this joint task force.
Earlier in his speech, the new Sector Commander FRSC Lagos, Corps Commander Babatunde Farinloye, said the FRSC was primarily established to maintain safety on highways across the country.
Corps Farinloye maintained that the FRSC had been collaborating with individual State Traffic Management Agencies in maintaining standard on road safety management across the country.
According to Farinloye , the FRSC and LASTMA must work together as a team for peace, safety and prosperity on the highways as this would lead to a paradigm shift from usual way of operation to an exceptional and outstanding way.
He called for more public education and enlightenment on motorists disobeying traffic regulations particularly those driving against traffic (one-way) in Lagos State.
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