Monday, 13 July 2015

LASTMA official who slumped while controlling traffic passes away


The Lagos State Traffic Management Authority, LASTMA official who slumped while controlling traffic on Ishaga Road in the Idi-Araba, Mushin area of Lagos on Saturday July 11th has died.

Kazeem Lawal, who was seen gasping for breath before he slumped on Saturday afternoon, died on his way to to Randle Hospital, Surulere, where his colleagues rushed him to.

One of the colleagues of the deceased who spoke to Punch 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. We do not have any insurance policy. We do not have any hazard allowance. It is very painful.

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“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.”

“The whole thing happened so fast and so shocking. By the time they took him to the Randle Hospital, he had died,” another LASTMA official said.

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