Foundation commences traffic control service to ease traffic jam around Apple Junction, Amuwo Odofin, Lagos.
A harm reduction organization, United Breeds Foundation in a bid to reduce traffic jam at Apple Junction, has commenced a traffic control service in the Amuwo Odofin Local Area.
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The Festac-based foundation commenced the service in Apple Junction on Wednesday, 18th May. Starting as early as 6am in the morning till about 9:30pm, from Monday to Saturday.
During a visit to Apple Junction, the founder of the foundation, Mr. Anthony Abakporo and his team were seen managing traffic expertly.
Mr. Abakporo said, “We decided to come in here because we all use this road. The men you see here are people from our foundation.
“We had to go through due process. We wrote to the Area Commander, we wrote to the DPO, we wrote to the Chairman, and they responded to our letters and invited us. They agreed that we should go ahead, and they trained us. The police traffic department trained our boys; we didn’t just come on the street.
“We decided to add one or two things. Number one is sensitization. We had a DJ here in the morning, telling the Okada riders to watch the lights. We were able to let them know that if they don’t obey the law, we are going to have issues.”
He blamed motorcycle and tricycle riders for the major cause of traffic at Apple Junction.
“We are discussing with the DPO who is going to see their leader and we are going to have a meeting with them.”
He said Lagos State Management Authority (LASTMA) officials, Vehicle Inspection Officers (VIO), and Road Transport Employers Association of Nigeria (RTEAN) members have been instructed not to stop vehicles at the junction, which he claimed is also a cause of gridlock in the area.
The Founder also explained that the goal is to find a system that works in favor of the residents of Amuwo Odofin and that the United Breeds Foundation looks to serve the community for the next threw months.
Mr. Omolaja Ige, who is an official of LASTMA, commended Mr Abakporo and his team for their contributions and a job well done.
“We can see the impact of those guys because Okada and Maruwa were riding against traffic, so they were able to stop them. You can see now that everything is normal at the moment.
“If they continue coming and can sensitize the Okada and Maruwa riders, I think it will reduce the tension around Apple Junction,” Mr. Ige said.
Interview credit: Amuwonews