Alarmed by motorists, tricycle operators and okada riders’ flagrant disregard for traffic rules and regulations in recent time, the executive chairman, Ifako-Ijaiye Council Area of Lagos State, Apostle Oloruntoba Oke, on Tuesday, said “henceforth, tough times await anyone who drives against traffic in the local government area”.
Addressing leaders of the NURTW, Tricycle Operators and Okada Riders at a parley held inside the Council Secretariat, Aina-Ajobo, Oke, urged the union leaders to enlighten their members on the danger inherent in the act, saying ” anyone found breaking traffic laws on our roads will not only be apprehended but also handed over to the Lagos State Taskforce on Environmental Sanitation and Special Offences for prompt prosecution” he warned.
He said the local government will be working with law enforcement agencies and voluntary organisations such as the WAI Brigade, Boys Brigade, Boys Scout, Man ‘O’ War and others to arrest and prosecute traffic offenders in order to bring sanity to our roads, he stated.
The chairman further enjoined leaders of the unions to be security conscious in their respective parks as we enter the Yuletide period adding that criminals have been let loose in the aftermath of the #EndSARS protests.
He affirmed that his local government and CDC are collaborating to introduce reflective jackets to be worn by Okada riders operating in the area as a measure of checkmating criminals who may want to infiltrate them.
Those who attended the parley include: Sulaimon Adekoya, Detola Abatan, Fakunle Jimoh, Takudeen Adeniyi, Toyin Ibrahim among others.
Meanwhile, some Non- uniformed organisations under the eagies of Voluntary Youth Organisations has paid a courtesy visit to the Council Chairman.
During the visit leaders of the Organisations on behalf of their members, pledged their allegiance to the Council boss and also promised to work with him in the area of traffic control and environmental sanitation among others.
Those who were on the visit include Olayinka Oresile, chairman, Boys Brigade, Ifako-Ijaiye Battalion, Mutiu Oderinde, Man ‘O’ War representative, Adebayo Johnson; Rep of WAI Brigade, Moses Ogbuechi; Royal Rangers representative, Anuoluwapo Awodeyi, among others.