The Lagos State House of Assembly on Tuesday read for the second time a Bill for a Law to consolidate all laws relating to the transportation sector in Lagos.
The bill, read by the Clerk of the House, Mr Azeez Sanni, on the floor, was aimed at further developing the state’s transport system to befit the smart city status of the metropolis.
The proposed law was entitled: “a Bill for a law to consolidate all laws relating to the transport sector provides for the development and management of a sustainable transport system in Lagos State and for connected purposes’’.
Speaking on the bill, the acting Chairman, House Committee on Transport, Mr Mojeed Fatai, said that the bill was aimed at addressing the growing challenges facing the transportation sector in the state.
Fatai said: “The main objective of the bill is to overhaul and have a harmonised bill on transportation, to have an effective and efficient transportation policy in the state.
“Because one of the things that can make a state or nation to be reckoned with globally is to have effective transportation policies in place.
“Our broad management and supervision of all agencies in the sector is to promote synergy and cooperation among them.
“Section 35 of the bill provides for the control of motorcycles and tricycles in the state.
“Sections 63 to 82 are on Lagos State Parking Authority, which if passed into law will create employment opportunities in the state and the issue of illegal parking in the state will be totally eliminated and it will reduce the congestion on our roads. ’’
According to him, the bill also addresses issues such as illegal parking, activities of commercial motorcycles and tricycles within the state, congestion of the roads, general transportation management, among others.
In his contribution, Mr Tunde Braimoh, said that the bill remained very important as the state moved from a mega city to a smart one.
“Transportation is a very important sector of living in the state. One of the ingredients of a smart city is for the people to be able to move from one end to another, without undue hardship.
“This bill is well thought out and should be given a thorough consideration and endorsement by this honourable parliament.’’
In his remarks, the Speaker of the House, Mr Mudashiru Obasa, who noted that the bill was the brainchild of the House, and in line with the state’s desire to attain a “Smart City Status,’’ among other cities of the world.
“We know the significant roles of the Lagos State Metropolitan Transport Authority (LAMATA) and others. All these agencies need to be looked at and a degree of independence must be given to them,’’ the speaker said.
The House committed the bill to its committee on Transport for further thorough examination, before adjourning its plenary session until Tuesday.