Lagos State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode has approved the removal of the General Manager of the Lagos State Traffic Management Authority, LASTMA, Engr, Babatunde Edu with immediate effect.
He has been replaced with Bashir Braimoh.
The sack of Edu is coming a day after the Governor directed LASTMA to release all seized vehicles in their various yards in the state back to their owners.
Such vehicles would however be released after proper documentation have been done by their owners.
The Permanent Secretary in the state Ministry of Transportation, Oluseyi Whenu urged residents to reciprocate government’s gesture by obeying all traffic laws and regulations.
He said this was in a bid to ensure free flow of traffic by officials of the State Traffic Management Authority by employing the system of booking traffic offenders, rather than impounding their vehicles which is fraught with a lot of inconveniences.
Whenu noted that while government appreciates the invaluable contribution of LASTMA officials to the current traffic situation in the State, more emphasis should be placed on free flow of traffic and less on arrests of offenders.