Lagos State House of Assembly yesterday decried indiscriminate parking of heavy duty trucks on Lagos roads, saying the traffic congestion on Sekumade Road in Ikorodu area of Lagos is caused by parked heavy duty trucks.
The House therefore enjoined Governor Akinwunmi Ambode to call on the commissioner for Transport, officials of the Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA), and management of Ipakodo Lighter Terminal to eliminate indiscriminate parking of long vehicles on the road.
The Assembly also called on the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) to provide where long vehicles would park before they load goods from the terminal.
Speaker of the House, Hon. Mudashiru Obasa, directed the Clerk of the House, Mr. Azeez Sanni to get across to the governor on the resolution of the House on the matter.
The matter was raised by the majority leader of the House, Hon. Sanai Agunbiade (Ikorodu Constituency 1) and supported by Hon. Segun Olulade (Epe Constituency 2) under Matter of Urgent Public Importance yesterday.
Agunbiade had condemned the indiscriminate parking of heavy duty trucks in Sekumade Road, Ikorodu, which he said was one of the two roads that lead to Ikorodu.
“The road is an important access road to Imota, Ijede and others. The roads around the lighter terminal in Ipakodo have become an eyesore.
“The long vehicles always block the road and they would be there for days. They don’t even have security light that would prevent accident. That was how it started in Apapa Area of Lagos before it became an eyesore,” he said.
The majority leader stated that it was important that the Commissioner for Transport should review the law on movement of vehicles, while also calling on leaders of LASTMA to rise to the occasion on the matter.
He added that Public Works should be called upon to repair the roads, which he said has been destroyed by the long vehicles.
In his contribution, Hon. Rotimi Olowo said that the Ipakodo Sekumade Road is very important, adding that it would not be fair to allow vehicles to block the road.
He stated that companies like Dangote should also be cautioned with the way their vehicles are parked in the area and that the matter should be nipped in the bud now.