The Oyo State Road Transport Management Authority (OYRTMA) says it will begin enforcement operations in all local government areas of the state against the indiscriminate display of wares on road corridors.
The Executive Chairman of OYRTMA, Dr. Akin Fagbemi, said that action would be taken against traders that were always adamant about road encroachment to display their wares and goods.
Fagbemi spoke while playing host to Mr. Olaide Popoola, the Executive Chairman of Oluyole Local Government area in Ibadan, just weeks after the end of the 2023 General Elections, in the State.
He said that the traders were fond of encroaching on the roads along Soka Junction, Eleyele-Ologuneru Road, Mokola Roundabout, Challenge, Iwo-Road, and other identified spots.
According to him, like we have been doing, we shall intensify advocacy/awareness campaigns to motorists and all road users in the state to ensure total compliance.
The Chairman of OYRTMA, Dr Akin Fagbemi (right) with the Chairman, Oluyole LGA, Olaide Popoola.
He said that the agency has moved to further integrate relationships with Local Government Authorities across the state in a bid to consolidate on its existing Community Traffic Management System.
Fagbemi said that this was in-line with the sustainable development agenda of the state government under Gov.
He said, “the new step is a crucial subset of the broader Sustainable Traffic Management Initiative to ease traffic flow, reduce road crashes and enthrone sanity on all roads within the State.”
Fagbemi assured the council chairman of OYRTMA’s commitment to further expand the existing relationship with the government, particularly as it remains the centre of several commercial and industrial hubs of the state.
“As a government agency, we are ready to expand and build on our existing relationship with all local governments across the state, particularly Oluyole because of its strategic position to economic growth.
“If you would recall, we earlier moved our Operational Headquarters to Sanyo, Oluyole Local Government area in a bid to entrench our Community Traffic Management System.
“This is central to our drive to keying into the sustainable development agenda of the state government under Omituntun 2.0 led by our amiable Governor, Seyi Makinde,” he said.
Commenting, Popoola said, “The continuous difficulty being experienced on roads by residents in different parts of the state is majorly man-made.
“People are fond of disobeying extant road traffic laws, park arbitrarily, and even, some people taking over government roads or setbacks for private business activities.
“This is not only inimical to the wellbeing of the communities, but also serves as a great bane for development.”
According to him, a typical example is the popular Soka Junction in Oluyole Local Government where untold hardship is being melted on commuters on a daily basis as a result of indiscriminate parking by motorists, hawking, and illegal road encroachment by traders, as well as abuse of government land by some individuals.
“We have to step in to put a sustainable stop to this menace and the role of OYRTMA in achieving this is apparently non-negligible.
“We have embarked on junction improvement at Soka and the entire area is cleared of any of such encumbrances.
“For continuity and sustenance of compliance, enforcement operations along the axis is key and we are confident OYRTMA would double efforts in this regard,” Popoola said.