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Lagos Assembly Set To Amend Traffic Law

The Lagos House of Assembly is set to amend the state Traffic Law, as it accused enforcement agencies, especially the police, of poor implementation.

Meanwhile the assembly has urged Governor Fashola to urgently call on the state Commissioner of Police, Umaru Manko, to stop police officers from indiscriminate arrests of motorcycle operators ,particularly outside the restricted areas.

Fashola has requested for the re-ordering of the 2014 Budget of the state from the house of assembly, in order to address emerging issues of public service. The assembly made this observation while debating a motion sponsored by 10 lawmakers, including Honourable Sanai Agunbiade.

According to members, who maintained that the Traffic Law remained the best in terms of bringing sanity on the roads, curbing crime rate and reducing rate of accidents on Lagos roads, the police, they said, from personal observation and experience, had cultivated the habit of exploiting the okada riders through indiscriminate arrests.

Members of the assembly noted that the response to the law had been negative, due to poor enforcement.

The governor’s request was contained in a letter, entitled: “Y2014 Budget Re-Ordering of Priorities,” addressed to the speaker, Honourable Adeyemi Ikuforiji.

According to Fashola, the re-ordering was to take care of emerging issues like the reversal of LASU school fees policy, Ebola virus epidemic, among others.

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