BENIN CITY – Edo State Traffic Control and Management Agency (EDSTMA), has stated that it is doing its best to ease traffic congestion in Benin municipality and its environs with the deployment of more officers to roads in the aftermath of the twelve days “End SARS” protest which crippled legitimate movement and economic activities.
Speaking exclusively with an EDSTMA Zonal Coordinator (Zebra), Mr. Akpeji Peter on phone to ascertain the level of management control and compliance by motorists to set rules and regulations, based on the deployment of more EDSTMA officers to roads in Benin metropolis stated, “EDSTMA traffic managers as you can observe have been all over town to control traffic. What is important is that despite the high volume of vehicles on the roads we make sure that it is moving to prevent vehicles being stuck up in traffic.
“My Managing Director (MD), Mr. Dennis Oloriegbe, some zonal heads, with some officers and myself were physically at Akenzua road, where we were later joined by officers of the Nigerian Army to decongest the traffic even during the inclement weather a day before, which got us drenched as we tried to decongest and free motorists stuck in traffic.”
Throwing more light on the ease of carrying out their mandate on traffic control, he attested, “We have had to manage Boundary, Gulf Course and Akenzua roads, in the heart of Benin, for instance, for these are the streets that have highly helped to ease congestion off the Airport road route.
Though some private motorists spoken to randomly on Tuesday, October 27, 2020, vowed not to put themselves through the hurdle of driving again until there is an improvement, it was however observed by Wednesday as at the time of filing in this report that there was relative ease of vehicular movement at Sapele road, Akpakpava, Etete and surrounding link roads.