By; RAYMOND TEDUNJAYE, Lagos
In an avowed determination to ensure timely implementation of the presidential directive on evacuation of indiscriminate parking of trucks on Apapa roads in Lagos, Lagos State Traffic Management Authority, LASTMA and other agencies are set to begin “Operation Totality Enforcement” on Monday to enforce the order.
Other agencies inclusive in Presidential Taskforce for the exercise are the Police and the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC).
President Muhammadu Buhari had issued a 72- hours vacation notice last Wednesday as one of the outcomes of the Federal Executiyve Council (FEC) meeting chaired by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo on April 25.
He equally ordered that all the military organs which include the Navy, Army and paramilitary agencies hitherto saddled with the task should handsoff the exercise.
The President had maintained that the vacation of the trucks would help in clearing the gridlock in Apapa and its environs and restore law and order in the area.
The Chief Executive Officer of LASTMA Chris Olakpe, who made the disclosure of the take off of the exercise, said major stakeholders have met to find a lasting solution to the gridlock caused by the indiscriminate parking of articulated vehicles on roads in Apapa and its environs.
He vowed that the directive will be followed to the letter, warning that any recalcitrant driver will face the full wrath of the law.
‘’By Monday, May 27, we are going to commence operation totality to flush out articulated vehicles queuing on expressways and causing heavy traffic on the Apapa axis.
We are going to follow the directive to the letter, all hands must be on deck; any vehicles constituting nuisance on highways or bridges will face the wrath of the law.
LASTMA, together with other law enforcement agencies, will carry out the exercise,’’ he said.
Lagos State Sector Commander, FRSC, Hyginus Omeje, also said the corps would be part of the presidential task team to ensure sanity on the roads.
Omeje disclosed that FRSC would provide 200 personnel to be part of the enforcement team.
‘’We are collaborating with LASTMA and Police to manage the traffic,’’ Omeje said.