Relationship with other Ministries/Agencies
A major hindrance to transport agencies in developing cities is
the fragmentation and duplication of institutional
responsibilities among agencies and lack of inter-agency
coordination among them. The dimension of this overlap factor is
great here in Lagos where at least three other major agencies
are simultaneously responsible for traffic and transport issues
at the state government level, not to talk of the federal and
local government levels. The modern trend is the holistic
strategy whereby a single agency is vested with the full and
unshared regulatory responsibility for the whole transport
system in all its ramifications.
LAMATA should provide the overall vision and coordinate
strategic planning of public transportation issues in Lagos.
However, to avoid conflict with existing Ministries/Agencies
that have been carrying out these functions before now, the
following compromise positions will be the basis of the
relationship between LAMATA and these agencies.
MINISTRY OF WORKS
The MOW will construct new roads within the state and maintain
the roads outside LAMATA s scope, while LAMATA will manage and
maintain the declared road network in conjunction with the
ministry. The network includes the identified core public
transportation routes consisting of 343 kilometres of Federal
roads and bridges, 275 kilometres of State roads and
15kilometres of local government roads. Modalities of
implementation are constantly being worked out with the
Executive Governor and the MOW.
MINISTRY OF TRANSPORTATION
The MOT will be responsible for policy formulation,
establishment and defining of the transport sector policy and
regulatory framework as well as the preparation of Lagos State
traffic ordinances, vehicle construction and use regulations.
LAMATA on the other hand will coordinate all policies,
programmes and actions of all transport related agencies
currently under the MOT (LASTMA, MVA, VIO). It will concentrate
on effective coordination of these agencies after strategic
studies and modules for effective implementation have been
worked out. LAMATA will also coordinate the public
transportation system and programmes of the State Government
including the encouragement of private sector participation.
LASTMA will focus on traffic control while LAMATA concentrates
on traffic management and related tasks.