The Lagos State Environmental Sanitation Corps (KAI) has warned that the sum of N50,000 fine is attached to crossing the Highway without recourse to the pedestrian (bridge) made available for the purpose.
Mr. Tokubo Wahab, the Lagos State Commissioner for Environment and Water Resources, revealed this on his X app @tokunbo_wahab on Sunday.
According to him, crossing the highway is an offense in Lagos State, and the Lagos State Government has given a marching order to the @LAGESCOfficial (KAI) Marshall and other law enforcement officials to arrest anyone crossing the highway and then charge them to court immediately.
In a swift reaction, an X user @AlexOgunsina, noted that the Nigeria minimum wage is 30k, but the fine was pegged at N50k.
He said, “50k as fine? When the minimum wage is 30k this is counterproductive unless there are other options to the fine.
Recall that the Federal Road Safety Corps, Lagos State Command, said it recorded 376 road accidents which claimed 128 lives in Lagos State between January and October 2023.
Babatunde Farinloye, the FRSC Lagos Sector Commander, disclosed this is an interview, recently.
Babatunde said, “We recorded a total of 276 crashes in Lagos State claiming a total of 128 lives between January to October”.
Available data of accident records and vehicular situations, obtained from the Nigeria police force and Federal Road Safety Commission show more than 90% of road traffic accidents in Lagos State could be attributed to recklessness on the part of drivers, ignorance of highway codes, over speeding among others.
Also, the dominant cycles of road traffic accidents observed in the study area have periodicities of 32.00 and 16.00 years with the most dominant being 32 years.
This means that the dominant and strongest road traffic accident pattern of Lagos State repeats itself every 32 years.
Meanwhile, the World Health Organization WHO)data published in 2020 that road Traffic accident deaths in Nigeria reached 41,693 or 2.82% of total deaths. The age-adjusted Death Rate is 27.25 per 100,000 of the population ranks Nigeria #54 in the world.