The Lagos State Government has warned Transport unions and Community Development Associations (CDAs) within the Lagos Island Business District to adhere strictly to traffic, environmental and physical planning laws of the state.
Special Adviser to the Governor on Central Business Districts, Gbenga Oyerinde gave the warning at separate meetings with representatives of the National Union of Road Transport Workers, Branch E and D and the leadership of Shitta Ejigbo, Lagos Island CDA in his office.
He decried the nonchalant attitude of commercial bus operators, especially those in the habit of driving against traffic from Iddo inward Idumota and parking on the bridge.
The Special Adviser emphasized that the State will not continue to accommodate the illegality of the transport workers, who allow their recalcitrant members to flagrantly disobey traffic regulations.
While maintaining that no amount of intimidation can make the Agency go back on its responsibilities, he directed the transport workers to call their members to order or face the full wrath of the law.
In the same vein, the Special Adviser called on the leadership of the Community Development Associations within the Lagos Island business district to caution members of their community, who indulge in the allocation of illegal parking spaces to motorists and those allocating illegal spaces to street traders to stop henceforth.
He also warned street urchins parading themselves as “omo adugbo” and attacking operatives of the State government, while on lawful duties, to desist from such ignoble acts.
While calling on owners of plazas and shops to keep their surroundings clean at all times, Oyerinde warned that no trading activities should be conducted around any building under construction as it is unsafe and puts the lives of people at risk.
Representatives of the transport union at the meeting, led by Comrade Onikoyi, pledged the cooperation of members in ensuring smooth operations within the Island Business District as well as obeying traffic regulations of the State.
Also, the leadership of the CDAs at the meeting with the Special Adviser, led by Alhaji Teniola, equally promised to adhere strictly to environmental and physical planning laws of the State and call their community members to order.