An official of the Lagos State Traffic Management Authority, LASTMA, who slumped while controlling traffic on Ishaga Road in Idi-Araba, Mushin area on Saturday, has died.
The official, Kazeem Lawal, was rushed to Randle Hospital, Surulere, by his colleagues but the doctor on call pronounced him dead on arrival. He was among LASTMA officials on duty for an event at the Chapel of the Healing Cross, but collapsed at about 1.30pm.
It is really sad that adequate provisions is not made for those guys. “We do not have any insurance policy. We do not have any hazard allowance. It is very painful.”
One of his colleagues who spoke to Punch on condition of anonymity, said:
“He was initially taken to the Lagos University Teaching Hospital, but he could not be attended to because of the ongoing strike action. He was then rushed to the Randle Hospital where he was confirmed dead.
“His family members are in disarray at present. We work round the clock, and we are usually overwhelmed. He must have collapsed from accumulated stress.
“Since the government sacked some LASTMA workers last year, there has been a burden on the workforce. Work posts, where seven personnel were handling, have been reduced to one or two.”