OYRTMA clears illegal garages, trading on Iwo-Road Interchange to reduce gridlock

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…Issues final warning to commercial drivers

Yemisi Ajayi Ibadan

The management of Oyo State Road Transport Management Agency (OYTRMA) has warned all commercial motorists to desist from using major roads as motor parks.

The warning was issued as OYRTMA officers led by the state Commander, Ayoade Adeoye, on Wednesday stormed the Iwo-Road interchange in Ibadan to clear the road off commercial vehicles using the roads as illegal garages.

Adeoye while speaking to the leadership of the parks, urged them to direct their commercial drivers to stick to their designated motor-parks as any vehicle apprehended for illegal parking will face the full wrath of the law.

The commander further said intra state drivers who do not have designated motor parks should write officially to the agency, so it can be addressed.

Traders within the Iwo Road interchange were also asked to relocate their goods to the appropriate market area.

Speaking to newsmen during the exercise, the commander said their operation at the interchange is to ensure continuous free flow of traffic within the area, noting that activities of the traders and commercial motorists on the roads are the major cause of gridlock associated with the area.

Adeoye said the motorists have been instructed to make use of the modern garage at Temidire, New Ife Road,  built by the state government.

“Here at the Iwo road interchange, there is always gridlock both in the morning and at night. The govt of the day who is very much interested in the welfare of the citizens has declared that all activities around the interchange should be relocated to the necessary places.

“Like the illegal garrages, government has spent a lot build a modern garage at Temidire Wema side but these transporters do not want to go there for reasons best known to them.

“But this morning, we have cleared them off the roads to go back to the garage built by the government.

“Also the activities of the traders contributes to the gridlock at the interchange. In an interview like this, such activities must be 45metres away from the interchange. We have thus warned them to move away from the road.” Adeoye said

OYRTMA officers who visited all the garages within the area nand beyond was in company of officers from the Nigeria Police Force, Federal Road Satefy Corps, Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps and other sister agencies.

Recall that OYRTMA under the guide of its Executive Chairman,  Dr. Akin Fagbemi, has promised that it will continue to ensure better traffic and transport system within the state.

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