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Sanwo-Olu Supports Family of Killed LASTMA Officer with N10m

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The Lagos State Government has presented the sum of N10 million naira to the family of the deceased Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA) officer, Remilekun Arogundade who lost her life while on official duties on the 26th of May 2019.

Speaking during the presentation of the cheque at the Conference Room, Ministry Of Transportation, Alausa, Ikeja, the Special Adviser to the Governor on Transportation, Mr. Oluwatoyin Fayinka described the late officer, Arogundade Remilekun as diligent, obedient and resourceful, reiterating that the money was not offered in place of the life but in support of the lives affected by the irreparable loss.

He emphasised that the money paid is also to encourage diligence among officers of the State who are determined to serve wholeheartedly, adding that Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu had earlier visited the family of the slain officer at her residence.

The Permanent Secretary of Transportation, Mr. Olawale Musa, urged the family members to apportion the money as directed and ensure that the upkeep of the children of the deceased is maintained.

Responding on behalf of other members of the family, the husband of the deceased, Mr. Babatunde Jide Oyebode appreciated the good gesture extended to their family by the State government.

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“We have not been stopped from arresting erring drivers” -LASTMA Boss

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General Manager of the Lagos State Traffic Management Authourity (LASTMA), Olajide Oduyoye has urged Lagosians to ignore news that the State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu has cautioned its officials against arresting motorists.

In a statement signed by its Assistant Director of Public Affairs, Filade Olumide, the agency described the news as fake and urged motorists in Lagos to continue to be law-abiding.

“The attention of LASTMA management has been drawn to a continued fake news purported to have been pronounced by the Governor of Lagos State, Mr. Babajide Olusola Sanwo-Olu quoted thus “…Henceforth no LASTMA Officials (sic) should arrest (sic) any motorist, either commercial or private. The duty of LASTMA is to manage traffic and not to arrest anyone. I have heard a lot of complaint(sic), any Officials (sic) that violate the rule of his work, will be severely dealt with.”

“If at any time LASTMA Officials makes attempt to arrest you or forcefully enter your car, Don’t (sic) argue with them just allow the LASTMA to enter your car and call these numbers…”. 08129928600. 08129928550. PLEASE KINDLY SHARE.

‘This is about the third time that this type of story is making the rounds on social media by transmuting from the first one and second (created as a flyer) to this third one written like the pronouncement of the Governor, he recollected that the company that generated the first fake news have since apologized, retracted and pulled down the news from the company’s site earlier this year.

“The General Manager further explained that the primary duties of the agency is traffic control and management that includes the arrest of recalcitrant drivers as stated in the Law setting up the agency, this same law was reviewed by the Lagos State House of Assembly in the Year 2018 principally with that of the Lagos State Vehicle Inspection Service, therefore the Governor who is our number one law abiding citizen and law enforcement officer in the State would not flout the law let alone provide the opportunity for others to do so.

 

“He therefore enjoined the law abiding citizens of Lagos State and drivers that come into the State, to at all times adhere strictly to the traffic laws of Lagos State in order to avoid paying the consequences of flouting it while he further advised that “we must all have a change towards positive attitude of obeying the Laws of the State which were made for the benefit of all, for orderliness and for fast paced socio-economic improvement of individuals, corporate entities and generality of the people.

“Oduyoye also stated that owing to “the recent #endsars protest violence which resulted in the looting, arson and destruction of twelve LASTMA zonal offices, physical attacks of LASTMA Officers, the events which has no less left unfortunate physical and psychological scars on our operational personnel.

“All the same we are taking stock, restructuring and re-strategising and this is the reason why we have only about sixty percent of our beats at some strategic intersections/ junctions to eliminate frictions, reduce delays and ensure better flow of traffic.

“We are aware of the traffic congestion suffered by commuters as a result of many damaged traffic light junctions, absence of BRT bus operations, illegal vehicular movements and the general lack of respect for driving ethics by some. In all, the safety of every LASTMA personnel as with all Lagos resident is equally paramount.”

“The General Manager hereby assures members of the public who since the lifting of the curfew by Mr. Governor and the full gradual return to normal life activities, may have been going through harrowing traffic experience on Lagos roads in the hands of lawless motorists for the reasons described earlier on Lagos roads to take succor in the fact that LASTMA is set to fully return to manage the road traffic especially as the different areas become less volatile.

“Oduyoye thanked all LASTMA officials from the management to field personnel especially, for their cooperation with him at all times, their efforts and dedication in ensuring traffic flows and thereby ensuring reduction in journey time spent by the citizenry. He asked that all stakeholders should look forward to better days ahead,” the statement read.

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‘Kunle Poly’ pleads with Lagos youth to maintain the peace

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As normalcy gradually returns to Lagos aftermath of the widespread arson visited on the state by hoodlums who hijacked the #EndSARS protest, an influential youth leader and the branch Chairman of the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW), Lagos Island, Alhaji Abdulazeez Adekunle Lawal, popularly addressed as ‘Kunle Poly’ has  expressed sadness over the burning of the palace of the Oba of Lagos and appealed for calm among the riotious youth, while also canvassing for support for the Lagos state governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu.

Kunle poly addressed the Press on Tuesday at his Lagos Island office.

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Alaba Amalgamated Council commiserates with Ojo police station, donates items for rebuilding

…thanks Gov. Sanwo-Olu for re-opening Lagos markets

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By Adeola Oluwaseun Oluwole

A week after a widespread arson which left many public utilities burnt in Lagos including police stations, the Alaba Amalgamated Council of Sectional heads have commiserated with Ojo police station and donated items to fast-track the rebuilding of the station.

The Council which visited the dilapidated police property on Tuesday 27th of October, 2020 to see the level of damage and to show their support to the command also facilitated the re-roofing of the station

The council of sectional heads led by the president Ichie Fabian E. Ezorjika donated office tables, chairs, electronics and a power generating set to the station.

Also, the roofing of the police station was changed and sponsored by Evang. Paulilus Ugochukwu ( a.k.a Sound Prince).

Ojo local government Chairman Hon. Rosulu Idowu donated and an Ilux van to the station as their patrol van was also burnt during the incidence.

In another development, the Alaba International Amalgamated Traders Association (Council of Sections) has expressed appreciation to the Lagos state government, Babajide Sanwo-Olu for the promptness in re-opening markets in the state after last week’s riots.

Th association commended governor Sanwoolu for yielding to the cries of its members on the inconveniences the one-day on, and one-day off pattern characterized by the pandemic caused them economically.

They promised to adhere to the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC)’s rules guiding against Covid-19 and ensure full compliance of traders in tax payment.

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