Wednesday 5 November 2014

Federal Taskforce displace LASTMA on Lagos roads

Large number of officials of the Federal Taskforce drove away officials of the Lagos State Management Authority, LASTMA, from controlling traffic on federal roads in Lagos State.

Scores of officers engaged as Subsidy Reinvestment and Empowerment Programme and the Federal Road Maintenance Agency, popularly called SURE-P/FERMA Federal Task Force stormed federal roads on Lagos-Ibadan Expressway and Ketu to take over control of traffic in federal highways across Lagos state.

LASTMA officers were forced to vacate the expressway as the federal taskforce took over traffic maintenance.

The Sure-P Task Force officers were seen around Ketu area as well as the Toll Gate, where their operation base is located. Three officers were each stationed at various points within a distance of 10 metres along the highways.

The officers dressed in black trousers and black t-shirts, looked business-like as they went about their duties.

A LASTMA official who craved anonymity said that the Sure-P/FERMA taskforce stormed the road around 7:00 am with sticks and iron metal to manage traffic on the Federal roads in the state. The officer said they stormed the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway, Ojota and Ikorodu road and distorted LASTMA activitites.

“They (Sure-P/FERMA taskforce) distorted traffic flow on these roads especially the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway. They halted the activities of LASTMA official’s on the road. When our officials complained, they ordered that they leave the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway.

“Few minutes later when they discovered that our officials didn’t yield to their directives, they attacked them. And our officials were forced to leave the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway,” the official said.

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