9 February 2013

Nigeria: Group Expresses Support for Lagos Traffic Law

A non-governmental organisation, Fasholamania, has thrown its weight behind the Lagos Traffic Law, saying though the law appears controversial, it was designed to realise the megacity ambition of the state government as it will positively affect other sectors of governance in the state.

Speaking on the controversy generated by the law in Lagos recently, founder of the group, Mr. Olukayode Salako, said the administration of Governor Babatunde Fashola of Lagos State since inception over five years ago has adopted several policies and introduced 'strict' laws in the that will fast-track the realisation of the goal to transform Lagos into a megacity.

According to Salako, "The issue of the Lagos Traffic Law is an issue that has been begging the attention of the state government even before now. It is a necessity; we cannot run away from if we want to progress in this state. Look around the state and you can see that there has been massive development in the state in the last five years and that is due to the fact that the state government is doing well in almost every area of its activities."

He listed the areas of development to include transportation, health, education, environment and a few others, saying the transformation of Oshodi area of Lagos State will continue to resonate in the memory of many, adding that it was an important step taken towards the realisation of the mega city goal.

"Everybody has a role to pay if we must live in a decent environment in Lagos state and there is always a price to pay for this. The present agitation of commercial motorcycle operators in the state over their restriction from major routes in the state is expected but I believe that the law has to be obeyed for our own good. Though some of these cyclists are graduates who have no job before opting to ride motorcycles, I still believe it is not the end of the world for them because this is an opportunity for them to venture into other things by creating jobs for themselves," he said.

Salako used the opportunity to restate the commitment of his group to continue to support the Lagos State Government on any policy formulated with a view to moving the state forward as he maintained that Fasholamania is a non-political and non-religious movement created to support good governance in the state.

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