The need for all government agencies and security operatives to harmonize operations in the Lagos Central Business District towards a seamless traffic situation within the Lagos Island Business district has been emphasized.
The Special Adviser to the Governor on Central Business Districts (CBD), Mr. Olarenwaju Olugbenga Oyerinde expressed this at a meeting of government enforcement agencies operating within the Lagos Island Business District enclaves held on Thursday, 23 July, 2020 at the CBD operational office on the Island.
Speaking at the meeting, the Special Adviser said that all government agencies including the Police, LASTMA, Neighborhood Watch, KAI and CBD operatives must be fully ready to ensure that hitches and other security challenges associated with the partial closure of the 3rd Mainland Bridge and the high influx of shoppers and traders into the island especially for sallah shopping are curtailed and well managed.
He disclosed that bottleneck areas and flash points within the business district have been identified and will be manned by enforcement and security operatives to ensure that traffic and environment issues are well managed.
He further disclosed that CBD in conjunction with other government agencies will form a committee that will embark on massive joint patrol of CBD enclaves during the period to ensure that traffic, waste management and security challenges are addressed.
While disclosing their various strategies and plans for a seamless traffic situation on the Lagos Island business district during the period, representatives of government agencies at the meeting drawn mainly from the LASTMA, The Police, KAI, NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH, LASEMA and the CBD Enforcement Corps pledged their readiness to ensure free flow of traffic for effective business transaction in the Lagos Island Business District.
Oyerinde said series of meetings on how to have a seamless traffic situation within the Island Business District have been held with the leadership of Lagos Island branches of the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW), and with the Caretaker committee recently set up the State Chairman of NURTW where they have all disclosed their readiness to work with government to ensure free flow of traffic during the period of partial closure of the 3rd Mainland Bridge and beyond.
He decried the unholy attitude of shoppers parking vehicles on the bridges and roads as well as commercial vehicles dropping and picking passengers on unauthorized places, warning that vehicle impounded during the critical period of the partial closure will not be release.