Lagos State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode on Friday relieved the General Manager of the Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA), Mr. Babatunde Edu, of his duty
He subsequently announced Mr. Bashir Ademuyiwa Braimoh as his successor.
Although no reason was given for the replacement of the LASTMA boss, it was gathered that the appointment was part of the re-engineering plans of the new administration in the state.
Also, Ambode ordered the release of vehicles impounded by LASTMA at its headquarters within 24 hours after paying an unscheduled visit to the Oshodi headquarters of the agency on Wednesday.
It was learnt that Ambode at a meeting with top officials of the state Ministry of Transportation directed LASTMA officials to consider alternative traffic management methods rather than physical apprehension and arrest.
He reiterated his commitment to running a humane government, adding that his administration was not interested in generating revenue by making lives difficult for motorists and residents in the state.
Rather than impounding vehicles for several days or months, Ambode said a more reasonable approach to enforcement of the traffic law would be embraced as booking of traffic offenders would be implemented without aggression or causing traffic gridlock on the roads.
With this, it was learnt that the state government would rely on data of transport operators in the state to enforce the law and apprehend traffic offenders at convenient time, possibly at the residence of vehicle’s