Governor Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos State, on Monday, commissioned one of the newly completed multiple lay-bys at Iyana-Oworonshonki, Car Wash Bus-Stop, Kosofe Local Government Area of the state, with a warning to transport unions to desist from abusing the facility. Ambode, who was represented by his Special Adviser on Transportation, Prince Nofiu Elegushi, declared the facility open to public use. He, however, explained that the measure was part of strategies to ensure free flow of traffic along the Oworonshoki/ inward Third Mainland Bridge axis.
It was gathered that since the construction of the lay-bys, travel time has reduced along the axis from one and half hours to 15 minutes, while commuters now spend few minutes from Oworonshoki, Mainland, to Obalende, Island. Elegushi said: “Lagos State Government is committed to an efficient transport system in the state because transportation is the live wire of every economy and the oil that greases the wheel of every business.” He described the construction of lay-bys in the traffic prone areas as a strategic approach of Ambode’s administration to solving the recurring traffic gridlock in the state, especially in the axis.
According to Elegushi, “the Ambode-led administration remains committed to driving the state’s economy through efficient transportation in the state with resolve to improve on infrastructure that will ease transportation for residents.” While he noted that the construction of the lay-bys has so far created orderliness in the state’s transportation system, he said the government has also provided other road infrastructure which according to him is to holistically address the traffic the route. The Special Adviser, however, warned transport unions, commercial drivers, and motorists against converting the facility into parking lot or other forms of abuses.