LASTMA, Army Agree to Strengthen Partnership on Traffic Management

Operatives of the Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA) and officials of the Nigerian Army on Tuesday agreed to strengthen partnership on traffic management in Lagos.

This is coming on the heels of recent conflict between the two bodies in Lagos last week.

The General Manager of LASTMA, Bolaji Oreagba, disclosed this during a working visit by officials of the 9 Brigade Command of the Nigerian Army, led by Brigadier-General Adegoke Moses Adetuyi.

Oreagba while receiving the military personnel, disclosed that it was a great honour receiving the officials of the command at LASTMA headquarters at Oshodi.

Speaking on the unfortunate incident pertaining to the face-off between a LASTMA officer and a soldier, Oreagba maintained that there was love between the two sister agencies and that LASTMA personnel would continue to rely on continuous support from the Nigerian Army and other security agencies across the state.

According to Oreagba, “We won’t abuse the relationship or take the cordiality and warm friendliness which has existed between the Army and LASTMA for granted.”

He maintained that such occurrence would not repeat itself as existing channels of communication would be maintained and additional new hotlines be explored by the two agencies to always resolve issues.

Earlier in his address, Brigadier-General Adetuyi said that bad elements prospered when there was division among security agencies, so there was the need for more cordial collaboration and maximum cooperation between all government agencies, including LASTMA.

While commending LASTMA officials for the wonderful work they were doing morning and night, Brigadier Adetuyi promised that the Nigerian Army, particularly the 9 Brigade Command, would continue to render support where necessary to activities of LASTMA on the roads and ensure safety of traffic managers in the discharge of their statutory duties.

Other Army officials in attendance during the visit included Major A. A. Nasir (OC MP), Major A. Sanusi, Major A. A. Onwemene, Major A. K. Ballo and Lt. T. H. Owoyemi.

Also, LASTMA officials included the Director of Operation of LASTMA, Peter Gbejemede; Provost Marshal, Apena Biliaminu; Head, Headquarters Operations (Rover), Adeoye James; Head of LASTMA Training, Macaulay Modupe-Ore; Head of Police Unit of LASTMA, CSP Ajibola Abayomi and Adebayo Taofiq, director, Public Affairs and Enlightenment Department of LASTMA.