For Lagosians who are continuously complaining about the activities of the members of the LagosState Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA), and who would rather that these traffic agents be taken off their roads, maybe – just maybe – their wish will come true.
This was hinted at by the Lagos State Governor, Babatunde Fashola, during the weekend, while he was hosting a section of members of the media at an interactive session focusing on recent developments in the state.
During this interactive session, Governor Fasholatouched on a lot of issues concerning the state. And, as expected, among the issues the governor brought to the discussion were the new traffic law in Lagos, the argument for and against State Police, and the effect of the new Atlantic City project on flooding in the state among others.
When asked particularly about managing traffic in the state, the governor, among other things, had this to say:
“There is an image I can present to you: the day the traffic lights in New York shut down, they had no clue. New York was at a standstill for about eight hours and these men and women of LATSMA everyday push this traffic without the aid of technology and instead of encouraging them, we sweep them with the same brush. I will like to take them off the streets for one day in order to explain to us in very practical terms what they do. I wish I could!”