The Commissioner for Information in Lagos, Gbenga Omotoso, acknowledged the recent increased traffic in the state, he says it is being worsened by the ongoing repair of roads.
Gbenga Omotoso has associated the current increased traffic in several parts of Lagos state to the ongoing road repairs which has worsened the situation across the state, leaving residents complaining about the man-hour loss on the road.
In a statement on Wednesday, Omotoso said since the beginning of the massive road repairs under “Operation 116” across the state, the traffic has been heavy.
He said the government is aware of the discomfort commuters and motorists had been experiencing, adding that “relevant agencies” had been directed to review traffic control and regulation policies toward identifying long-lasting solution to the gridlocks.
Omotoso added that the daily influx of people from other parts of Nigeria contributes to the persistent traffic across the state.
He advised motorists to use alternative routes so as to ease the time and stress of staying in traffic.
“The administration sympathises with residents on the inconvenience being suffered daily,” the statement read.
“In fulfilment of its commitment to making the roads motorable immediately the rains subside, resources and equipment have been deployed to fix degenerated roads. The discomfort will be short-lived.
“The daily influx of people from other parts of the country into Lagos has contributed to the big human and vehicular pressure on the roads.
“Government will surely surmount the challenges with technology and enforcement of traffic rules.
“Government appreciates the perseverance of Lagosians and pledges its commitment to pooling all its resources together to achieve a permanent solution to the problem posed by the rehabilitation of bad roads.
“The administration will ensure that majority of the roads become smooth and motorable before the Yuletide.”