Suspend Signing of New Lagos Traffic Law, LLPP Tells Fashola
The Lagos League of Political Parties (LLPP) has asked the Lagos State Governor, Babatunde Fashola to suspend the signing into law of the new Lagos Traffic Law.
The bill according to the leaugue in a statement signed by its Chairman, Chief Udoka Udeogaranya appeares to be more of a revenue generating policy rather than one that seeks to address traffic issues. It said there is nothing new about the law that is not already been taken care of by the federal laws on traffic, except to say more punitive measures and more money into the state coffers.
“Punitive and high taxation measures have never seem to work when the execution organs have traces of weakness, unprofessional and corrupt conducts as have been expressed with impunity by some members of LASTMA”, Udeogaranya said.
Chief Udeogaranya said the League “strongly hold the view that punitive measures are secondary after government have looked into fundamental issues like over population as against insufficient infrastructures that give rise to abuse of traffic regulations and find means and ways of addressing it, rather than crowding the laws of the state with a law that can lead more to deepening corrupt practices of some LASTMA officials than addressing issues it was promulgated for.”
It therefore called on the state governor to refer the bill back to the state house of assembly for amendments and for the assembly to call for more public hearings on which it shall attend actively to look into the pros and cons of this bill, its efficacy to the issues behind it’s formation.
The League said it maintains a strong standing that people need more provision of infrastructures that will meet their size of population, reduction in taxes and creating friendly business environments and not punitive laws and high taxation.