The Lagos Taskforce has carried out enforcement for compliance operation and impounded 35 vehicles that were both illegally parked and causing a major obstruction on the Jibowu corridor of the Yaba axis of Lagos State.
The operation took place at night and was coordinated by the chairman of the agency, CSP Shola Jejeloye who described the actions of some transport operators as self-centred due to the way and manner in which they deliberately occupy a large portion of the road to load goods on their vehicles and also pick up passengers.
Jejeloye disclosed that residents and commuters who ply that axis, especially after the close of work complained bitterly to the state government concerning the activities of bus operators at Jibowu who convert those areas to roadside courier stations and mini garages.
“It is sad to see these transport operators move their business from their premises down to the main road meant for free vehicular movement just for their selfish gains. Their actions cause increased travel time and unnecessary chaos once it gets dark”.
The Lagos Taskforce chairman further disclosed that the vehicles impounded have been booked and the owners of the vehicles will be made to face the full wrath of the law.
“It’s high time we put a stop to this inhumanity to Lagosians plying that route. We will ensure constant patrol and monitoring of the Jibowu corridor especially at night when such infractions usually occur and make sure anyone caught inflicting unnecessary discomfort to road users is arrested and charged to court,” the Lagos Taskforce chairman said.
Jejeloye sounded a note of warning to transporters and operators not just in Yaba but in other parts of the State who are fond of such actions to make use of designated parks and garages to carry out their businesses.
“Traffic build-up caused by illegal garages and parking will no longer be tolerated,” he said.
He noted that traffic bottlenecks are not natural, nor are they created by God but are caused by human activities which have to be regulated and checkmated.