Activities of the yellow buses at Ojodu Berger inward and outward Lagos were stalled on Thursday evening as the Lagos State Commissioner for Transportation, Mr. Oluwaseun Osiyemi, alongside the Ministry of Transportation’s Traffic Enforcement Team, carried out an unscheduled comprehensive enforcement exercise to address the issue of commercial vehicles utilizing lay-bys as bus garage, contributing to traffic congestion and inconvenience for the public.
The Commissioner personally oversaw the operation to ensure that public transportation facilities are used as intended and to alleviate the traffic issues in the Ojodu-Berger area. He ensured that lay-bys, which had been permanently converted into bus parks by mini-buses popularly known as ‘Korope,’ were all cleared from the lay-bys.
Addressing the bus drivers at the location, Osiyemi equally sounded notes of warning to public transport vehicles drivers in other areas of the state who are also engaging in such practices to desist as it will soon be their turn in the ongoing enforcement.
He also addressed the issue of unregistered and unpainted vehicles, advising their owners to do the needful or face the consequences of their actions in line with the Transport Sector Reform Law, 2018.
While carrying out the enforcement exercise at Ojodu Berger, a 33,000-liter tanker carrying diesel overturned, resulting in the spillage of its contents. This unfortunate event led to traffic congestion and warranted immediate attention.
The Commissioner and his team promptly inspected the scene of the incident on Otedola Bridge, working closely with relevant agencies and authorities to ensure that the situation was brought under control. Safety measures and traffic management procedures were implemented to minimize the impact of the highly flammable spillage and ease the traffic congestion.
The Transport Commissioner reemphasized the Ministry’s commitment to improving transportation services and addressing challenges that affect commuters and motorists in the state. “The actions taken today in Ojodu Berger and at Otedola Bridge demonstrate our resolve to enhance transportation infrastructure and ensure the safety and convenience of the public,” he said.
Also included in the enforcement team are; the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Transportation, Mr. Wale Musa; the General Manager of the Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA), Mr .Bolaji Oreagba; and the Director of the Lagos State Vehicle Service, Engr. Akin-George Fashola, LASTMA/VIS Personnel and Officers of the Nigeria Police Force.