LASTMA warns officials as PDP faults new traffic laws

LAGOS— Following the signing of the Lagos Road Traffic Law, General Manager of Lagos State Traffic Management Authority, LASTMA, Mr  Babatunde Edu, has warned traffic officials against bribery, corruption and to avoid overzealousness in the discharge of their duties in the cause of enforcing the new law or face the wrath of law.

Edu handed down the warning, yesterday, during an interactive session with the traffic officials at LASTMA Headquarters, Oshodi.

He further warned that government would not hesitate to bring to book any of the personnel found to have engaged in illegalities that could tarnish the image of the government.

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Meanwhile, the Lagos State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has faulted the  Lagos State government over the new traffic law.

The party frowned at the government’s decision to hide the holistic provisions of the law from the public, thereby making it difficult for its thorough analysis.

In a statement, PDP’s  Publicity Secretary, Mr Taofik Gani, described the style as typical of Governor Babatunde Fashola’s administration whenever it wanted to be ”mischievous or lacks moral confidence.”

According to the party, “yes, we have heard about a traffic law, but nobody can claim a copy of the whole provisions. Now there is controversy on the commencement date. While the Lagos State Commissioner for Transportation says later, the Attorney-General says immediately.

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The party added that “Lagosians are just pushed around and confused by the antics of Fashola’s administration. They are taken for granted by all these obnoxious and unfriendly Laws and we wonder whether the Lagos State House of Assembly has  not become a puppet of Governor Fashola”.

On the ban of Road Transport Workers Unions, it said “ lagosians should hold Governor Fashola responsible for any breakdown of Law and Order at motor parks”.

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