In an effort to eradicate unnecessary gridlocks on some Oyo roads, the state government has recently issued a warning to all club owners, religious centres, event centre owners, and event planners to desist from indiscriminate blockage of public roads in the state.
Oyo government warns groups and individuals against indiscriminate blockage of public roads resulting in gridlock
Dr Akin Fagbemi, the executive chairman of Road Transport Management Authority in Oyo state, gave this warning on Saturday, 22nd of February 2020, as he led an enforcement team to begin executing this new order all over the state. In a public statement, Dr Fagbemi said;
“The present administration frowns on the willful disregard to extant laws and regulations guiding the usage of public facilities, including roads and other infrastructure.
“Today, we are commencing full enforcement against this act and we are starting at the Oluyole Estate axis of Ibadan metropolis where some individuals are used to deliberate blockade of government-owned roads.
“The rampant case of unauthorized blockade of government roads across the state is a punishable offence that attracts penalties as spelt out in the Oyo State Road Traffic Management Authority Act 2009.
“Henceforth, the state government would descend heavily on any individual or groups who willfully barricade government roads thereby creating avoidable traffic loggerheads at strategic positions across the state.”
“Any person caught in the act would be made to face the full wrath of the law,”
Dr Fagbemi, however, made sure to emphasize that, any groups or individuals needing to block a road for whatever cogent reason can seek proper permission from the Oyo state government before going ahead to do so. He also explained that OYRTMA will definitely assess such proposals if received, and then proceed to check the impact such blockage could cause as well as the possible alternative routes that commuters could be redirected to pending the time of the blockage.