The traffic law currently in operation in Lagos State has been described as one of the best ever passed by the state House of Assembly.
The state Commissioner for Works and Infrastructure, Dr Kadiri Obafemi Hamzat, gave this assertion on Thursday while speaking on the floor of the Assembly.
The trio of Hamzat, state Commissioner for Justice and Attorney General, Rahman Ade Ipaye; and the Special Adviser to the Governor on Public-Private Partnership (PPP), Ayo Gbeleyi; were at the Assembly to speak on the controversy surrounding the introduction of toll at the recently commissioned cable Lekki-Ikoyi bridge.
While responding to a question by one of the lawmakers on why there were no local inputs locally for the project with most of the work contracted out to foreigners, Hamzat stated that the state government has always been desirous of having most of the work done locally to give local professionals the opportunity of making money.
Hamzat lamented lack of the needed personnel to work on some of the sites. “I remember when we want to weld the iron railings at the ongoing road and rail project in Mile 2, we wanted to make use of our local welders but the truth about the matter was we couldn’t get welders who could do the job,” he lamented.
He stated further that the state government even has to send some people for training for six months before they can handle the job.
The Works Commissioner lamented that most artisans needed have abandoned the jobs they were trained and started riding okada where the income is ready made and coming in daily.
“That is why I have always been saying that one of the best laws that has ever come out of this state Assembly is the traffic law. With the traffic law, the artisans are returning to their jobs,” he said.