October 27, 2022
The General Manager, Lagos State Parking Authority (LASPA) Mrs Adebisi Adelabu, has said that the organisation will begin full implementation of its policies in the second quarter of 2023.
This, she said, would help to improve the parking culture in the state.
Adelabu made the disclosure during a media conference where she reeled out the mandate, functions and strategies of the Authority in Lagos, on Thursday.
She said that the Lagos State Governor, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu, was committed to creating a well designed and coordinated parking management system for the state.
Adelabu said that LASPA was to assist Lagos residents to be mindful of parking their vehicles appropriately, as this would impact positively on the environment and the roads.
“The Lagos State Parking Authority is an Agency of Government created by law, under the leadership of Governor Babajide Olusola Sanwo-Olu, with the core mandate to regulate and manage all forms of Parking, register existing private, public parks and holistically tackle the menace of parking.
“There was need for our establishment to regulate parking because, we have Vehicle Inspection Authority, the Lagos State Traffic Management Authority, but parking is essential to tackle traffic congestion.
“If one really wants to address traffic challenges, we need to start from parking problem and that is why LASPA was established.
“We are working with the Local Government to achieve their mandate in terms of parking,” Adelabu said.
She said that the agency was not a revenue generating one, adding that people had been paying for parking since time imemorial in Lagos.
The official said that nobody, however, knew who they paid to, as it was the norm in Lagos for anyone to collect money.
She said that government believed it was important to address unauthorised collection of parking fees and there was the need to change the habit of parking cars all around in Lagos.
Adelabu said that LASG was working towards decongesting Lagos roads by investing on multimodal transportation.
She said that LASPA was created to assist Lagos residents to consider factors attached to parking cars.
Adelabu said LASPA was established in 2021 and had been taking time to sensitise Lagos residents with various means of communication.
According to her, it will continue to do so till the second quarter of 2023, before they begun operations.
She said that there would be penalties for offenders when they begin operations.
Adelabu said that the Lagos State Government would be creating employment directly with the operation and involvement of concessionaires.
She said that over six concessionaires had been awarded to create parking places around Ikeja, Surulere, Apapa among others.
The official said that there would be a certain place where one would be able to park within slated periods of time.(NAN).