The Lagos State government has banned the Vehicle Inspection Officers (VIO) permanently from operating on the roads.
Also officials of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) were ordered to vacate major roads across the State, limiting their operations to the highways and fringes.
The State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode gave the order while commissioning two pedestrian bridges and lay-bys at Berger, a major gateway between Lagos and Ogun States.
Governor Ambode premised his action on the fact that most of the traffic congestions around the city were traceable to the activities of the VIOs and the FRSC.
The Governor explained that henceforth, the State would adopt modern day technology to track and monitor vehicle registrations as well as Ministry of Transport, MOT certifications.
“It has become evident that these two agencies contribute to the traffic challenges on our roads; we will employ technology to track and monitor vehicles on our roads,” he stated.
The projects commissioned include two pedestrian bridges with one of them running across Lagos-Ibadan expressway totalling 98 metres in length; 150 metre lay-bys on both sides of Lagos-Ibadan expressway, 500 metres of retaining wall, two multi-lay-by bus park/bus lay-by as well as 1.6 kilometres of upgraded roads leading to the Lagos-Ibadan expressway.
Governor Ambode described the projects as life-saving, saying “they will also serve as economic stimulants for the area”.
Apart from the aesthetic features of the projects, he believed that travellers would now have completely different experience while entering or exiting Lagos.
The Supervising Commissioner for Works, Mr Adebowale Akinsanya said that the infrastructure provided would greatly improve the quality of lives of the citizens.
Some citizens who spoke with Voice of Nigeria could not hide their feelings on the inestimable importance of the project.
One of them, Mr Emmanuel Falubi said that “he had witnessed two deaths on the highway as a result of indiscriminate pedestrian crossings”.
He affirmed that Lagos would soon be “competing with great cities of the world like New York and Paris”.
According to him, “If this is the way Lagos has been managed in times past, we will probably be competing with great cities of the world by now, but with the way things are going, we will be doing that very soon; I parked out of here about four years ago but when I came around a few days ago, I almost missed my way, now I am regretting my action of leaving this area, I just feel like coming back but as you know, rents will start sky-rocketing.”
Also, one of the market leaders, Mrs Florence Olufojude commended the government for the initiative.
Mrs Olufojude, however, pleaded on behalf of those who were displaced in the course of the development saying government should “find a way of resettling them”.
Members of Transport Unions, who graced the occasion, were full of gratitude for the infrastructure provided.
The unions stated that the projects would lead to a new dawn in their operations.