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 was seen gasping for breath just before he slumped on Saturday afternoon. His colleagues quickly rushed him to the General Hospital at Randle, Surulere. Unfortunately, he died before they could even make it to the hopsital, Punch reports.
One LASTMA official 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.
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.
He was a true Lagos hero.