LASTMA and the deployment of modern technology in traffic management

It takes conviction, strong will and determination to achieve any dream in life. Sometimes the dream or vision one has may be tested in different ways in order to ascertain how sustainable or durable it would be. Having a vision or dream of a project and going all out to achieve it are twin missions. Anyone who achieves these two could indeed be called a great goal getter.

Above describes the goal-getting spirit of His Excellency, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, the then Governor of Lagos State (1999-2007) and now the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, when he established the Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA) specifically on July 15, 2000. First, he dreamed big about the economic consequences of the traffic situation in major parts of Lagos and secondly, defying all odds, he created an Authority that would be in charge of traffic management and control.

Those who had thought the Agency wouldn’t stand the test of time when it was created 23 years ago have all been disappointed given the growth LASTMA has witnessed between then and now. The quantum leap in traffic management in Lagos has brought a high degree of sanity, compliance, orderliness and reduction in accidents on our roads today.