Lagos State Government is waging war against pedestrian deaths with the finalization of plans to implement a new transport policy known as Lagos Non-Motorized Transport (NMT). The policy is meant to assist the state in actualizing zero road transport death.
The state government further disclosed that the new policy was geared toward protecting pedestrians who move around on a daily basis. This was disclosed by Ladi Lawanson, Commissioner for Transportation in the State at the Lagos Sidewalk Pilot Project which took place at Lagos Metropolitan Area Transport Authority, LAMATA headquarters in Ojota on Wednesday May 8, 2019.
Pedestrians are dashing across the expressway in Lagos
The commissioner revealed that the new policy would enable a clean, urban and efficient modern public transportation system in the commercial center of the country. He acknowledged the danger in engagements between motorists and pedestrians on the road as pedestrians are made to share the same road with motorists.
“The interaction between pedestrian and motorized vehicles in Lagos is dangerous and not properly planned. Pedestrian and cyclists are frequently forced to walk and ride simultaneously on the carriageway sharing same road with motorized transport,” Lawanson said.
This is a welcome development as it protects the life of pedestrians who are present on all roads across the state.