8th November, 2022
Operatives of the Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA) visited Apongbon and its environment as part of efforts to ensure the free flow of traffic around the Apongbon axis of Lagos Island.
This comes after the federal government partially closed the Eko Bridge for repairs.
Mr. Bolaji Oreagba, the General Manager of LASTMA, led an enforcement team of the agency on a working visit to Eko Bridge by Apongbon on Monday.
He stated that it is critical for motorists, particularly commercial bus drivers operating in and around the entire Apongbon axis, to rearrange their movements and seek alternative routes.
According to Oreagba, a full impact assessment of the partial closure of vehicular movement from Tinubu Square, Idumota, Martins Street, Balogun, Apongbon, Broad Street, and Nnamdi Azikiwe Street around Lagos Island is urgently needed.
“Our working visits to the entire Apongbon axis were to ensure that the partial closure of the Eko Bridge does not impede the free flow of traffic in any form and to find ways of working together with relevant stakeholders in monitoring the illegal activities of street traders around the Apongbon area and the entire Lagos Island.”
Meanwhile, he advised commercial bus operators, as well as private car owners operating in the Apongbon area, to refrain from parking indiscriminately by the roadside, kerbs, and walkways, obstructing motorists’ and other road users’ free movement.
However, he promised to effectively manage and control the traffic situation around Apongbon, particularly the blackspots around Lagos Island and other areas across the state prone to traffic gridlock.
Other stakeholders who joined the Lastma enforcement visitation team include Mr Jubril Gawat, Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on New Media; representatives from Lagos State Parks and Garages Management (Lagos Island Branch); and officials from the Lagos Island Central Business District (CBD).