Men of Kick Against Indiscipline (KAI) Alausa, Ikeja Lagos State, Southwest Nigeria, have fullyÂ commenced the enforcement of the use of the pedestrian bridgeÂ at the Ojota areaÂ of the state.
Lagos State Government through KAI, it was gathered, commenced the enforcement about three week ago,Â following the pedestrians’ disregard to theÂ government’sÂ appeal on the use of foot bridges acrossÂ the state.
P.M.NEWS observed that there was total compliance with the use of the facility at the Ojota axis ofÂ Ikorodu Road.
KAI officials stationed at the area said the level of compliance has risen considerably. This theyÂ said has allowed for free flow traffic in the ever busy road, just as it has helped toÂ reduce theÂ rate of accidents associated withÂ pedestrians while crossing the highway.
One of the officers who spoke on condition of anonymity said since the squad was commisioned toÂ monitor the area, pedestrians have been complying while the few erring ones were lawfully dealt with.
â€œSince we moved here, we have achieved 70 per cent to 80 per cent compliance. People now willingly useÂ the bridge but I think our policemen need to be educated on the importance of what we do here.
â€œMost of them will just cross the road without using the bridge and if you try to stop them, they willÂ say they are policemen and what is our business with their lives. They should be the ones maintainingÂ laws and orders, but they are the ones breaking the laws.
â€œAnother set of people who normally gives us problem here isÂ the truck pushers. Just today, a truckÂ pusher physically engaged our men for stopping him from crossing the road, askingÂ howÂ we expect himÂ to carry his truck and climb the bridge,â€ said the KIA official.
However, at Ketu, the situation was different. It was observed that people wereÂ crossing the highwayÂ without using the foot bridge, and this has contributed to the traffic jam on the road.