OYRTMA reacts to FRSC statement, says activities on Lagos-Ibadan expressway is legal

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Yemisi Ajayi,Ibadan

The management of the Oyo state Road Transport Management Authority (OYRTMA) has said that its activities on the Lagos-Ibadan expressway to ensure easy vehicular movements still falls within the legal jurisdiction of the agency.

This reaction follows the statement credited to Federal Road Service Corps (FRSC), Oyo state Command in an online media platform, stating that OYRTMA as a state agency has no rights on the federal roads.

The Chairman, OYRTMA, Dr. Akin Fagbemi represented by the State Commander of the agency, Adeoye Ayo-Adekola in an interview with pressmen on Friday said that the agency is not going beyond its boundary by being on the expressway.

Ayo-Adekola  explained that the law that established the agency as contained in Section 16 (a) of the Oyo State Road Transport Management Authority Law, 2009 clearly spelt out the functions of the agency to include ‘Control traffic and enforce State and National Laws that governs the safe use of vehicles on roads in the State’.

He said: “the agency is not going beyond its boundary. The law that set up the organization states that the agency is to ensure free vehicular movements and ease traffic congestion across all the roads; be it federal, state or local roads, so far it is within Oyo state. And where we have deployed our men to falls within the state.

“It will be recalled that  the construction company handling the reconstruction of the Lagos-Ibadan expressway announced that there will partial road closure from September 2 and the state governor, Engr Seyi Makinde, in  his usual gesture, instructed that officers of OYRTMA be posted to those places to ensure free vehicular movements of vehicles  and also to provide assistance to motorists in case of any mishap. This is to help those coming into and going out of the state not to experience any form of hardship on the road.”

The commander, however disclosed that the Chairman has started paying courtesy visits to sister agencies to intimate them with the agency’s activities  and  fashion out ways to strengthen effective collaborations and well coordinated synergy so as to achieve a better society for all through free flow of traffic within the state.

Speaking on the recent vigorous activities of the agency in the state, the commander applauded Gov. Makinde for appointing a vibrant man, Dr Akin Fagbemi ‘who believe more in actions than talking’ to head the agency.

The commander, advising the people of Oyo state especially during the ’ember’ months  said “there is nothing negative about ember months as widely believed by  people. Accidents that happen during this period are due to the insensitivity of the motorists. So we are calling on motorists as well as pedestrians to obey traffic laws and signs. Motorist should not be selfish while using the roads, they should always remember that the roads is for them and also for everyone.”

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