The Lagos State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode, on Tuesday said he has sacked Vehicles Inspection Officers permanently from all Lagos roads.
He announced the ban while declaring open the newly constructed multipurpose Berger Footbridge.
He also directed the Federal Road Safety Corps to restrict operations of its men to highways and stay off state roads.
According to the governor, VIOs and the FRSC contributed significantly to gridlock in the state, adding that his government would employ technology to track and monitor vehicle registration and certification.
Officers of the Vehicle Inspection Unit, VIO.
Ambode said his administration identified the Ojodu Berger area as one of the major traffic flashpoints that required urgent attention.
“What we set out to achieve with this project is to ensure a smooth flow of traffic along the expressway, safeguard the lives of our people, who have to run across the expressway, and project the image of a truly global city to our visitors.
Ambode said a food court would be built where people could relax before climbing the pedestrian bridges as well as an interstate bus terminal within the Ojodu Berger area for buses coming from outside Lagos to drop and pick passengers, while intercity transportation system would move commuters within the city.
Earlier, in his opening remarks, the Commissioner for Waterfront Infrastructure Development, who also oversees the Ministry of work, Adebowale Akinsanya, said the project was a response to the yearnings of the people of Ojodu Berger for an efficient and gridlock-free road network.