Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwumi Ambode, has said that the ban of vehicle Inspection Officer (VIO) from Lagos road is permanent.
Governor Ambode who disclosed this Tuesday at the commissioning of Pedestrian bridges, layby and slip roads in Ojodu Berger axis also asked officers of the Federal Road Service Corps, (FRSC) to remain on Federal roads.
“Let me use this opportunity to reiterate that Vehicle Inspection Officers (VIO) have been asked to stay off our roads permanently. We also advise the Federal Road Safety Corps to stay on the fringes and highways and not on the main streets of Lagos,” he said.
Ambode said it has come to the notice of the government that these agencies contribute to the traffic challenges on our roads hence the need to keep them away and enable traffic flow.
He added that a new technology will be deployed to track and monitor vehicle registration and MOT certifications.
Speaking on the commissioned project, the governor explained that the objective was to ensure smooth flow of traffic along the express, safeguard the lives of our people who had to run across the express and project the image of a truly global city to our visitors.
According to him, “at the inception of this administration in May 2015, the traffic situation at the Ojodu Berger axis was one of the challenges we identified as requiring urgent attention. This decision was informed by the strategic importance of this axis being a major gateway into our State.
Today, we are delighted that we have not only succeeded in transforming the landscape of this axis but with the slip road, laybys and pedestrian bridge, we have given a new and pleasant experience to all entering and exiting our State.
The governor said a food court will also be established in that axis to serve as relaxation sport for travellers as well as an inter-bus terminal.
He commended the effort of the team of engineers, architects and town planners who have worked hard to create an innovative solution to tackle the challenges of traffic in the axis.
“We will not stop with the Ojodu Berger axis. This is an ongoing process and we are working to create solutions to traffic congestion in every part of the State. If your neighbourhood or community is experiencing traffic challenges, be rest assured that we will soon be there,” he added.
Earlier, State Commissioner for Waterfront Infrastructure Development, Engineer Adebowale Akinsanya, said the project was conceived as a response to the yearnings of the people of the community for an improved, efficient and gridlock-free road network.
He said the pedestrian bridge with a total length of 98m run across the Lagos-Ibadan expressway and Ogunnusi road, while the layby is 150m length on both sides of the expressway, the 500meter length of retaining wall with varying height ranging from 3.5 meter to 7 meters.
He said there are two multibay bus park, bus laybys on Ogunnusi road with public convenience
He said the project is expected to enhance the socio-economic development of both the state and other neigbouring states as it would reduce travel time, reduce man-hour loss and ensure the safety of lives especially that of pedestrians.