The Oyo State Road Transport Management Authority (OYRTMA) has embarked on enforcing strict discipline on road-side vehicle dealers in Oyo State, particularly, in Ibadan Metropolis.
This came after a heavy impounding of vehicles carelessly parked on pedestrian walks of high ways, which occupy half of the roads further causing serious Road Traffic Accidents (RTAs) and the avoidable traffic jam that leads to loss of productive hours, discouraging potential investors in the State.
Mogaji (Dr.) Akin Fagbemi, Executive Chairman of the Authority, in his statement to media men during the special ‘clean-up’ operations carried out on Tuesday 19th January 2021 at Old-Ife road, Gbagi and Oluyole Estate Axis said; “this operation has become highly inevitable. The act of buying and selling of cars or articulated vehicles at arbitrary locations on the roads completely negates the principles of this administration under His Excellency, The Executive Governor, Engr. Seyi Makinde.
“You’ll agree with me that it becomes practically impossible to achieve a sane environment when traffic becomes the order of the day and in most cases, the rising traffic loggerheads experienced across Ibadan metropolis is largely due to human factors such as buying and selling on the roads. OYRTMA would not stand by and look at people using their business activities to kill the business of government which is basically the protection of lives and properties of the good people of the State.”
The Executive Chairman further said the exercise which started on Monday 18th January 2020 would be continuous.
“We have had series of meetings with the organized associations of vehicle dealers in the State such as the Association of Motor Dealers of Nigeria (AMDON) and leaderships of the market men and women with agreements that their members would desist from haphazard buying and selling activities on the road corridors failure of which would result to a face-off with the Authority”, he concluded.