Dr Abdulhakeem AbdulLateef, the Lagos State Commissioner for Home Affairs, on Monday assured Lagosians that traffic gridlocks insecurity and other major problems confronting them would be resolved soonest.
The commissioner’s assurance is contained in a statement he made available to newsmen in Lagos.
He stated that the new cabinet in the state is made of people with vast knowledge and great potentials whose impact would begin to materialise in in the next few weeks.
He urged Lagosians to be patient with the Akinwunmi Ambode-led administration.
“There is no state as attractive as Lagos. This has heighten the influx of people into the state than in any other state in the country.
“Lagos is the only mega city in Nigeria, so if you develop infrastructure, you must expect that people will abandon those states without infrastructure for a state like Lagos, making the challenges of running the state enormous,” he said.
Expressed dismay at the spate of crime, the commissioner said that there were plans to carry out data gathering of all residents, institutions and organisations so as to ascertain those dwelling in the state.
“In Lagos today, they are many people coming in, even from neighbouring countries like Chad, Niger, Ghana among others.
“We are not going to wait until we experience population explosion before we begin to address the issues of insecurity, traffic and shelters in the state
“We want to understand who and who is living in Lagos and where?
“That is why we want to start gathering of data, we want to have data of all churches and mosques, social organisations, residents and all other institutions that operate in the state,” he said.
Abdulhakeem attributed the massive gridlocks on Lagos roads to lack of civil and driving culture among motorists.
“The fact that we don’t want to apply extreme force on Lagosians has given rise to this. Extreme force to obey law and order should be the last thing in a civil society.
“Lagosians should understand that what we practice in the state is an inclusive governance, an all involving one.
“Therefore, you should not go against the traffic rules and you should volunteer to control traffic.
“By doing these, we will discover that the gridlocks will be a thing of the past.
The Home Affairs unit will begin to engage the people and make them understand what civil culture means,” he said.
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