September 27, 2022

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LASPA Mandate Includes Clearing Parking Impediments, Levying Culprits

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The Lagos State Parking Authority, LASPA, is a bona fide agency of the Lagos State Government, with the mandate to clear impediments arising from indiscriminate parking on carriageways, where and whenever necessary, to impose levies as duly approved by the state government.

Dr Frederic Oladeinde, Lagos State Commissioner for Transportation, made the clarification at a well-attended media briefing held at Adeyemi Bero Hall, Government Secretariat, Alausa, Ikeja.

The commissioner announced without an iota of equivocation that, LASPA was mandated by the act that established it to also impose and collect levies where ever parking infraction is established.

Dr Oladeinde further described LASPA as “a one-stop authority, providing solutions to parking challenges across the state.”

He explained the rationale for the agency’s creation and that it was informed by the very strong need to put an end to impediments arising from indiscriminate parking and collection of levies that informed the creation of the agency.

The Transportation Commissioner further said that LASPA as an agency of the state government was also empowered to remove all “impediments arising from indiscriminate parking on carriageways, thereby increasing the carriageway capacity on the roads, improving the flow of traffic and reducing travel time.”

He said the effective and efficient delivery of LASPA mandate will in turn promote among the motoring public adherence to parking policies tailored to suit the peculiarity of the state in line with modern international standards towards achieving a smart city,”

He said efficient discharge of LASPA’s mandate will ensure the removal of all “impediments arising from indiscriminate parking on carriageways, thereby increasing the carriageway capacity on the roads, improving the flow of traffic and reducing travel time.”

The General Manager, LASPA, Mrs Adebisi Adelabu, said the state government will soon include among the conditions for getting the building plan approved, a clear-cut parking provision.

This will mean that insufficient parking space or none existence parking space would constitute an impediment to procuring building plan approval from the Ministry of Physical Planning And Urban Development.

Mrs Adebisi Adelabu said LASPA had begun engaging religious organizations and businesses on the need to establish adequate parks for their worshippers and customers.

The Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr Gbenga Omotosho, said the claims that the government was to levy people for parking in their private residence was a craft of falsehood.
He said it was purely mischief makers that were at work hell-bent to score a cheap political point as the electioneering is fast approaching.

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