The founder, National Association of Government Approved Freight Forwarders (NAGAFF) has called on the Joint Council of Seaport Truckers as well as other trucking associations operating in Lagos state to visit the Lagos State House of Assembly with a view to appealing to them to repel the Lagos Traffic law.
Aniebonam who said this while speaking in an interview with newsmen in Lagos noted that the only permanent solution to recurring disagreement between the truckers and the Lagos State government on mode of operation would be the repealing of the existing traffic law and re-enacting a more people friendly law.
“Don’t forget that the executive don’t make law, the State Assembly has made the law for the State executive to implement. But if anybody wants to change that law, then, he has to go back to the State Assembly.
“The permanent solution to this matter is for the State Assembly to revisit this matter, that is those who are agitating like the truckers and all that, with the management of the port stakeholders should revisit the State Assembly for them to look at this matter, for them to take a second look at that law so that a repel can be made.
“So, the Executive, they don’t make laws, their job is to implement the laws”, he said.
He however commended the Lagos State Government for relaxing the enforcement of the Lagos traffic law which he earlier evoke on the wake of incessant accidents and death occasioned by the truckers describing the action as justifying the government as a responsible one which listens to the voices of its citizens.
“Well, in staying the order, it means it is a responsible government. Like I said, the law is made for man not man for the law. Any law that seeks to inhibit the well being of the people is not a good law and so, it is quite a good omen on the part of the Lagos State government as the government of the people to take a kind of respite”, Aniebonam stated.
It will be recalled that the Lagos State government recently restricted the movement of container laddened trucks in and around Lagos State to between the hours of 9.pm and 6.am following the falling off of a fully loaded container from Ojuelegba bridge on the 2nd of September leading to the death of at least 3 persons, a decision that did not go down well with the truckers thus sparking off withdrawal of service on the part of the truckers which was eventually called off after about 10 days.
The Lagos State government has since suspended the enforcement of the Lagos Traffic Law to further notice, an action our correspondent confirmed.
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