Dr Frederick Oladeinde, Lagos Commissioner for Transportation, says effective and efficient urban transport system will promote trade and commerce in the state and Africa at large.
Oladiende made the assertion at a maiden meeting of the Centre For Applied Research in Supply Chain-Africa (CARISCA) on Friday in Lagos.
The commissioner, represented by Mr Gbolahan Toriola, Director of Operation, Ministry of Transportation, said a strong institution, partnership, legal framework and implementation is beneficial in achieving an effective and efficient urban transport system in the state.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that CARISCA is in partnership with School of Transport and Logistics of the Lagos State University (LASU) Ojo in ensuring sustainable urban mobility.
The topic of the programme is: “The Impact of Urban Transport Systems on Fast Moving Consumer Goods Supply (FMCGs) Chain”.
“The efforts of the state in driving a sustainable model for public transportation cannot be said to be without challenges, but with partnership with relevant stakeholders, work is ongoing round the clock, in a bid to tackle the situation.
“With the ongoing transportation reforms and infrastructural investment going on in the state, in the next 25 years, Lagos will experience a growth that will align with global standards.
“We align with the principles of urban mobility and other international convention, in order to achieve a sustainable urban mobility and transportation network,” Oladiende said.
He added that the objective of the state was to encapsulate the growing national consciousness on issues of road infrastructure, policy, technology, road safety and affordable transport network, that would trigger significant reduction in operational cost.
“The government is working tirelessly to proffer urban transportation solutions in terms of policy, guidelines, infrastructure, technology and operations that are sustainable and in line with global standards,” the commissioner noted.
Prof. Charles Asenime, Dean, School of Transport, LASU, said that the attitude of some Nigerians, particularly drivers, had also contributed to the bad traffic situation in the state.
Asenime said that if the Lagos government and other stakeholders could sort out the traffic situation in the state, it meant such could be replicated anywhere in the country.
Also speaking, Prof. Gbadebo Odewumi, former Dean, School of Transport, LASU, said that the government still needed to pay more attention to transportation in the state.
“The Lagos State Transport Management Authority (LASTMA) needs to be more empowered to shield the operatives from the regular attacks they had been exposed to, particularly from law-breaking motorists,” he said.
Mr Tonye Preghafi, Chief Innovation Officer, Red Star Express Plc, said that many FMCGs companies were using data analytic to solve problems, generate insights and actions, to solve customers sales.
Preghafi, then urged organisations to always use innovative technology for e-commerce and to drive consumer sales.
“Availability is the new innovation, having products on the shelf is better than any new product innovation,” he said.
As part of the Babajide Sanwo-Olu administration's commitment to Traffic Management and Transportation, pilling works have commenced for the Opebi-Ojota Link Bridge of Lagos State.The Opebi- Ojota Link Bridge, which is one of the legacy projects of Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu's administration, is aimed at easing the burden of commuters and decongesting traffic in the Ikeja axis and on Ikorodu road by providing a direct link between Opebi, Mende, Maryland and Ojota to Ikorodu road, reducing the perennial traffic on Mobolaji Bank-Anthony way, and setting precedence for Ojota commuters to link the 3rd Mainland Bridge.The construction of the 3.9km Opebi-Ojota link bridge and approach roads, was flagged off on January 26, 2022, by Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu, who described the project as another milestone in the implementation of the Traffic Management and Transportation Pillar of his administration’s THEMES Developmental Agenda and the State Strategic Transport Master Plan (STMP).Over 100 registered Nigerian Engineers are currently working on the project while students from various universities and members of the National Youth Service Corps are also learning practical aspects of their courses such as Geology and Civil Engineering on the project site.Speaking to journalists at the Mende area of the Opebi-Ojota Link Bridge, when some members of the state executive council inspected the ongoing construction, especially the ongoing pilling works for the bridge, the Special Adviser to the Governor on Works and Infrastructure, Engr. (Mrs) Aramide Adeyoye said the bridge would be delivered in June 2023.She said the bridge apart from providing infrastructure and transport solutions to millions of Lagos residents, will also bring to bear innovation, adding that when completed, the bridge would have a positive impact on the health of residents who will have the opportunity to exercise on it, just like the Lekki-Ikoyi Link Bridge.Adeyoye, said the project concept designed by the Ministry of Works and Infrastructure in conjunction with the Ministry of Transportation, will not only provide an infrastructure solution, but also a transport solution that ensures value and relief for the motoring public.She said a lot was put into consideration in the design and construction of the bridge, saying it would have a walkway for residents to jog and keep fit.Adeyoye also disclosed that building the local capacity and content of Nigerian engineers was considered in the award of the contract, adding that aside from qualified Nigerian engineers being empowered through the project; engineering students are being tutored to have practical experiences.Also speaking, Lagos State Commissioner for Transportation, Dr. Frederick Oladeinde, said the Opebi-Ojota Link Bridge is a demonstration of the Sanwo-Olu administration's plan to regenerate Lagos by providing residents with infrastructure that would be complemented by the recent inter-modal transportation system, befitting of a mega city like Lagos, while also easing gridlock across the metropolis.“When you look at all the projects that we are doing, they are projects that will either connect communities or make our public transport better. So the focus of this project (Opebi-Ojota Link Bridge) is on public transport. We are building infrastructure so that people can move efficiently and conveniently from one point to the other.“This is how Lagos State Government is thinking in terms of all the projects they are doing to ensure efficiency. So when you look at the population of Lagos, you will understand that it is important that we develop our public transportation system. So to develop public transport, you must have good infrastructure.So we are developing the infrastructure required to ensure that we put a decent public transport for our people,” he said. Speaking to journalists, some of the students at the site said they have learned a lot from the ongoing construction of the Opebi-Ojota Link bridges and approach roads, especially in the area of a soil test, drilling, and some civil engineering works.
Shola Jejeloye, the Chairman, Lagos State Environmental and Special Offences Unit (Taskforce), says there is 85 per cent compliance with the commercial motorcycle ban in the last three days.
Jejeloye said this on Friday in Ikeja, while speaking with newsmen, during the crushing of the commercial motorcycles, popularly known as Okada, which was confiscated during enforcement.
He said that the enforcement of the ban would continue, so as to ensure the sanity of the environment.
According to him, the enforcement of the ban did just begin on Wednesday, June 1, but has been in force since Feb. 1, 2020.
”Since then, we have been on it. It is just that people believe in violating the law, which I don’t think is good enough in a cosmopolitan city like this. But since June 1, there have been more than 85 per cent compliance.
“85 per cent compliance in the sense that we don’t see Okada on the roads, on the expressways any longer. The number has drastically reduced.
”They might be of the belief that the first one week of the enforcement will be thorough; after one week we are going to relax, anyway, we will watch and see.
”I am passing this message to them that from next week, we will do more intense enforcement. Even those areas we cannot get to this week, we are going to extend. So another phase will start on Monday.
”These three first days of enforcement is just to test-run it, to check the number of compliance, then the sustainability plan is the next phase, which we are going to enter on Monday,” he said.
Jejeloye said that there was no going back on enforcement of the Okada ban, as the government does not make a mockery of its policies and decisions.
The Commissioner for Transportation, Dr Frederick Oladeinde, said that the government was reforming the transportation sector and integrating all the various modes of transport so that people could move from one mode to the other seamlessly and pay with just one ticket.
Oladeinde said that the first and lastmile buses rolled out by the government would help to transport residents from where Okada operation was not allowed.
He said that there were some good Okada riders and the government had spoken with the union and asked them to form a cooperative.
According to him, the government will give them the first and lastmile buses, and employ some of them.
”So, others who do not have skills, we do not want them in Lagos, and that is why you have the enforcement agency to walk around the clock just to make sure that people who do not need to be in Lagos are not in Lagos.
”We want people who have something to contribute to come to Lagos, people who have skills so that we can begin to develop the economic potential of Lagos state.
”So we don’t want anybody just coming into Lagos, just because they can pick up Okada or they can sleep under the bridge. So, this is going to be a resistance to them,” he said.
Oladeinde urged residents of Lagos State to be calm respect the traffic law and move about their daily businesses, as the government had provided an alternative to Okada.
The Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr Gbenga Omotoso, said that in the first quarter of 2022, about 5,000 Okada had been crushed and there were about 2,000 to be crushed today.
Omotoso urged the Okada riders to embrace the many alternative modes of transportation provided by the government, as there are plans to inject more first and lastmile buses into the metropolis.
He said that in the first four months of 2022, the state recorded 1,712 accidents, 767 were caused by Okada, resulting in death, and 45 per cent of these riders were youths between 30 and 39 years.
”So, taking Okada off the roads is helping our young ones to stay alive, it is not hurting our people.
“We are not leaving them to their own devices and so we have said anyone who is interested in doing a decent business can form a cooperative and join the First and Last Mile bus scheme.
”They can present their proposals to the state’s employment trust fund and get money to fund their businesses.
“We have vocational centres where they can learn a trade and start a new life. So, anyone saying Okada is the only way to earn a living in Lagos is not doing any good,” the commissioner said.
The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), Lagos State Command, on Thursday flagged off its 2020 Ember Months safety campaigns with massive mobilisation of corps capacity to tackle recklessness and emergency.
Segun Ogungbemide, FRSC Lagos State Sector Commander, said at the official flag off that the risk exposure to road crashes during the terminal months of the year escalates with increased socioeconomic activities.
“We will ensure massive mobilisation of corps capacity to tackle recklessness, emergent crash and congestion problems.
“More vehicles of different conditions are placed on the road contending for unextendible road infrastructure within a short time at this period.
“Repetition of this programme over the years have made the public consciousness a misconception that attributes this reality to ravaging demonic activities during the ember months.
“This is not true, the ember months campaigns offers the opportunity to elevate public consciousness to the verity of road traffic crashes during this period,” he said.
The sector commander said that 2020 ember months activities would feature enforcement target at the high risk vehicles and drivers categories.
Ogungbemide said that some motorists have turned the road to race course for speeding and competition that have sent many to early graves.
“Mindless speeding that have sent many to early graves, exceptions are not given to overloading, dangerous driving use of bad tyres, mechanical deficient vehicles, bad road condition and fatigue are avoidable causes of road fatalities, ” he said.
Dr Frederick Oladeinde, Lagos State Commissioner for Transportation, in his remarks, advised motorists to follow traffic rules and regulations not only during ember months but always.
Oladeinde said there was collaboration between the state traffic management and FRSC to ensure sanity on the road.
The commissioner advised motorists to drive safely and shun the habit of driving under the influence of drugs and alcohol.
Mr Titi Ogunluyi, Assistant State Commander, National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), also appealed to motorists to avoid using energisers while driving.
“We have to guard our lives jealously, because any substance takenq at any point in time will change your body chemistry which can lead to death while driving.
“Let us stop the attitude of taking alcohol of any kind while driving, it’s very dangerous and pose high risk to human life,” she said.
Mr Taiwo Adedokun, Assistant State Secretary, National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW), Lagos State Chapter, said that efforts had been put in place to enlighten its members on safety.
He urged the members to always adhere to the traffic rules and regulations avoid crashes on the road.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the 2020 ember months safety campaigns, tagged: “Drive Safe, Stay Safe” was in tandem with healthy and safer transportation as the nation emerges from COVID-19 pandemics.
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The Minister of Works and Housing, Mr Babatunde Fashola, on Thursday thanked the Lagos State Government and residents for their patience during the ongoing repairs of the Third Mainland Bridge.
Fashola while inspecting the bridge also called for more understanding saying that the planned three days total closure was important for completion and delivery of a safe and strong bridge for use.
He said that from midnight of Friday to midnight of Sunday the bridge would be totally shut for important repairs to make the bridge last, but that the former normal diversions would return on Monday when the bridge would be reopened to partial traffic diversion.
He said that the bridge was one of the 50 nationwide, undergoing repairs in line with the national infrastructure maintenance programme and the national infrastructure renewal and expansion program of the Buhari administration.
“We have seen joints and bearings replacement at different stages. We have seen the ones that are being freshly drilled to be removed and replaced.
“We have seen the ones that have been replaced and ready to receive concrete.
“We have seen the ones that are being dirt sprayed to clean it up completely to ensure that when the concrete is put, there will be binding. We are now at the last one that has been dirt sprayed and ready to take concrete.
“All the work we have done will not make sense if we don’t pour this concrete and this is why regrettably we have to close this section of the bridge,” he said.
He explained the process of repairs stating that all efforts would be a waste without the most critical stage needing the three days closure for the concrete to properly ‘cure’.
“By Monday the diversions that you are used to will return, our work has not finished, we are going to finish this programme in January next year.
“It is is now important to protect the sections that have been finished so that our tolerance, our forbearance would not have been in vain so that when the work is done we will have almost a new bridge that will last very long, ” he said.
He said that more closures should be expected stating that joints were being done in phases to minimise the impact of gridlock.
The Minister stressed that the effort was worth the wait as the government tried to minimise the impact of gridlock.
Also, the Lagos State Commissioner for Works, Mr Frederick Oladeinde said during the three days closure Eko and Carter bridges would be open, as well as Murtala Mohammed Way through Oyingbo for those trying to link the Island.
He said that adequate Lagos State Traffic Management Authority staff had been adequately deployed to ensure free flow of traffic.
The Federal Controller of Works in Lagos Mr Olukayode Popoola explained the need to close the lane for three expansion joints sections to be cast between Adeniji Adele within 48 hours to set.
“From Adeniji Adele to Adekunle is the section we are closing, that is a distance of about 3.5 kilometers in length, so people can still use Adeniji Adele, they can also as well use Adekunle Ramp but you cannot connect to the Island neither can you connect to the mainland through the Third Mainland Bridge within that 48 hours of the total closure of the bridge,’’ he said.
Also, Mr Paulo Prono, Executive Director, Borini Prono explained technical details as well as technological procedures of ongoing repairs, while conducting the minister through surface and underneath constructions.
He also explained the logistics as well as the reason for working in phases on different stretches of the bridge.
It would be recalled that the Third Mainland Bridge in Lagos, which was going through series of repairs, was partially shut on July 24 for another round of rehabilitation works.
The repair is expected to last for six months with the construction divided into two phases of three months on each carriageway, starting with the Oworonsoki bound carriageway.
Traffic was partially diverted on a stretch of 3.5km where construction is ongoing between Adeniji Adeniji Ramp and Ebute Meta, while different time belts were allotted for traffic diversions on the bridge.
However, the Federal Government on Wednesday announced a three days total shut down of the bridge for special repairs.
The 11.8km bridge is the longest of the three bridges connecting Lagos Island to the Mainland.
The bridge starts from Oworonshoki, which is linked to the Apapa-Oshodi Expressway and the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway and ends at the Adeniji Adele Interchange on Lagos Island.
Constructed in 1990, the bridge was adjudged as the longest in Africa until 1996 when the Oct. 6 Bridge in Cairo, Egypt was completed.
Edited By: Emmanuel Okara)