Lagos State Governor Babatunde Fashola said Federal Government’s desperation to win elections in 2015 was responsible for its setting up a parallel road management taskforce, known as Sure-P taskforce. He said the plot would fail, like it did in 2006 when the government introduced a similar ad-hoc traffic management corps in a panicky measure to win.
The Governor clarified that the Lagos State Traffic Management Agency, LASTMA, Federal Road Safety Corp, FRSC, and not the Federal Government-owned Sure-P taskforce has the right to manage traffic on Lagos roads.
Fashola made the statement at the fifth anniversary of Uniformed Voluntary Clubs held at the Ikeja Police College, on Tuesday.
“The SURE-P task force has no right to manage traffic on Lagos roads. The only agency authorised to manage traffic in Lagos on the federal roads are LASTMA and the Federal Road Safety Corps. Citizens should just resist them and refuse to cooperate with them,” he said.
The governor would rather the Federal Government deployed money realised from its removal of petroleum subsidy to repairing dilapidated federal roads in Lagos State, including Oshodi-Apapa Expressway.
“So you see how it has been improving our lives. The money should have been spent on roads; Apapa-Oshodi Expressway is one of them, that is where SURE-P money should have been invested not to dissipate it into political organisation in a very wanton desperation to win elections,” he said.