Traffic May Cripple Lagos Economy – Jimi Agbaje Warns
Mr. Jimi Agbaje, the governorship candidate of the PDP in Lagos State, on Wednesday called for urgent national and State interventions in the gridlock crisis currently rocking the state.
Agbaje told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on the phone that unless urgent measures were immediately taken, the state may be prone to total traffic collapse.
He said that this would be detrimental to the health and resources of residents and the state.
NAN reports that the severe gridlock in Lagos State has worsened in many parts of the state despite efforts by the state government to control the situation.
Worried by the situation, the police in Lagos had on Friday announced it was putting in place a special operation to restore sanity on the roads.
It said the operation, codenamed ‘Operation Velvet’, would see the deployment of the policeman and other traffic management agencies at designated areas in the state.
Traffic, however, remained crippling in parts of the state on Wednesday, leaving commuters and motorists groaning.
Agbaje, who said his office is on the Apapa axis of the state, lamented that it had become almost impossible to access due to the gridlock.
“This issue is not a political matter because everyone is affected including state businesses.
“If nothing is not done to find the urgent solution, it may cripple the state in terms of movement and commercial activities.
“The Yuletide is here. There is an influx of people in and out of Lagos that has multiplied the traffic flow.
“Very soon, the campaigns will kick off. It will be an understatement to say that once the rallies start, there will complete breakdown in traffic flow,” he said.