Lagos - London-based weekly magazine, The Economist, has accused the Lagos State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode, of lacking the solution to the traffic congestion and robberies plaguing the state, Punch reports.
The magazine said the governor had continued to fail at his job rather than build on the successes of his predecessor, Babatunde Fashola (SAN).
It added that the only thing Ambode had been able to do was make excuses for his shortcomings.
The Economist said in its latest issue that Fashola succeeded by enforcing stringent traffic laws and empowering the Lagos State Traffic Management Authority.
It said Ambode’s undoing was relaxing the enforcement of traffic laws which had encouraged a culture of impunity in Nigeria’s most populous city.
It said the gridlock was already affecting productivity and the way of life of Lagosians because workers now get to work late.
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It explained that armed robbers had taken advantage of the usual traffic gridlock thereby worsening the plight of Lagosians.
The governor on Friday read the riot act to commercial motorcycle operators popularly called Okada riders, commercial buses and street hawkers, saying that the state government will no longer tolerate their nefarious activities on the streets and highways which has caused untold hardship for the people of the state in recent times.
The governor said that it had become evident that traffic crimes and robbery are mostly as a result of the menace of commercial riders and street hawkers, while recalcitrant commercial buses have become lawless and reckless on the road.
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- News 24