Lagos state Governor, Mr. Akinwumi Ambode on Tuesday, May 16th said that the temporary ban of the VIOs on May 4 has been made permanent.
The Governor disclosed this on Tuesday at the commissioning of Pedestrian bridges, layby and slip roads in Ojodu Berger.
Ambode said: “Let me use this opportunity to reiterate that Vehicle Inspection Officers (VIO) have been asked to stay off our roads permanently. We also advice the Federal Road Safety Corps to stay on the fringes and highways and not on the main streets of Lagos”.
The Governor also added that a new technology will be adopted to track and monitor vehicle registration and MOT certifications.
Ambode also said the decision has come at the back of an observation that the agencies contribute to the challenges to traffic flow faced on roads.
On the project being commissioned the Governor said: “at the inception of this administration in May 2015, the traffic situation at the Ojodu Berger axis was one of the challenges we identified as requiring urgent attention. This decision was informed by the strategic importance of this axis being a major gateway into our State.
Today, we are delighted that we have not only succeeded in transforming the landscape of this axis but with the slip road, laybys and pedestrian bridge, we have given a new and pleasant experience to all entering and exiting our State.”
The Governor also said that a food court will b established in the area to serve as a relaxation spot.
The Governor went on to thank the engineers, architects and town planners for the deliberate effort they put into the work to ensure its success.
He continued by saying: “We will not stop with the Ojodu Berger axis. This is an ongoing process and we are working to create solutions to traffic congestion in every part of the State. If your neighborhood or community is experiencing traffic challenges, be rest assured that we will soon be there”.
State Commissioner for Waterfront Infrastructure Development, Engineer Adebowale Akinsanya, in his remark, earlier revealed that the project was conceived as a response to the yearnings of the people of the community for an improved, efficient and gridlock free road network.
The commissioner went on to say that the pedestrian bridge with a total length of 98m run across the Lagos Ibadan expressway and Ogunnusi road, while the layby is 150m length on both sides of the expressway, 500meter length of retaining wall with varying height ranging from 3.5 meter to 7 meter. He also stated that there are two multi-bay bus park, bus laybys on Ogunnusi road with public convenience.