Lagos State Governor, Mr Babatunde Fashola on Thursday reiterated that Lagos Road Traffic Law is about keeping the people alive and safe .
Fashola who spoke before a gathering of community development associations, at the 2012 community day celebration in Lagos, explained that those who promise people a life without any form of sacrifice are deceiving them.“In the last five years, anytime we inconvenience you either because we are building a road, within a short period you begin to drive on the road in pleasure and comfort. Every time we intervene and give you some inconvenience in order to deliver a drainage service, by the next rainfall, your environment is flood free. Communities have responsibilities, good leadership encourages them to take responsibility, to deal with them like adults and discharge it with conviction. That is the only way we can prosper”.
Reinforcing the message the message and the purpose of the Lagos Road Traffic Law, Fashola said it is about safety, longer life and better life, adding that with the people’s mandate, the government has the responsibility to formulate a functional and safe transport policy for the State He explained that from moving from the era of Zappas buses to the LMTS and down to the Molues and now to the BRT, he will not lead a government that wil hand over Okadas as the legacy of transportation to the children.
“The Bus Rapid Transit BRT is our dream for the future. We have started implementing it. Ideas take time to germinate but what started on Ikorodu Road has expanded to Murtala Mohammed Way, expanded to CMS, reached Alimosho. The construction to extend it to Badagry is on the way. The contract to also extend it into the heart of Ikorodu Town is on the way. It is already running on organized lanes on the Lekki –Epe Expressway even if there are no segregated lanes. It is growing”, Governor Fashola added.
He called on those who still wish to remain in transport business to form a franchise, adding that people can take franchise for BRT while those running okadas who want to change will also get support from government. “If you are running okada and you want to learn new skills, we will support you, but okadas will not be our transportation model in this state. Other states have banned it, our state will not be a dumping ground for it. Heavens did not fall in those states. Now, instead of banning it here what we chose to do was to restrict you from plying 475 roads out of 9000. I think we have been generous. There would be no gain without some pains and we must be ready to sacrifice if we want reward. We are doing everything possible and remain open about how to improve it, but transportation is too important to our lives. It has an impact on how long we live. People who should ordinarily live a full and productive life are in their graves today because of road traffic accidents. I feel for those widows, widowers. I hear the cry of children who have lost both parents to road accidents. They deserve our attention”, Governor Fashola stated. Speaking earlier, the Commissioner for Rural Development, Hon Cornelius Ojelabi said the celebration marks another commitment of the State Government in its determined and avowed efforts to continuously uplift the grassroots people.
The first position went to Ladegboye Community Development Association in Ikorodu Local Government with a cash prize of N2.5Million while second position was won by Graceland CDA from Olorunda LCDA with a consolation prize of a transformer while third position went to Mabel CDA from Ikotun/Igando CDA winning a cash prize of N1.5Million.The ceremony attracted the Deputy Governor, Hon (Mrs) Adejoke Orelope-Adefulire, members of the State Executive Council including the Special Adviser on Rural Development, Mr Babatunde Hunpe, traditional rulers including the Akran of Badagry, Aholu Menu Toyi I of Badagry and several members of the CDA and CDC who turned out en masse in their colourful identical uniforms.