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.
By Oladapo Udom
Lagos State Police Command ordered its men to step up patrols and other anti-crime strategies to protect lives and property during the Easter celebration.
Mr Hakeem Odumosu, the state police commissioner, said this in a statement by CSP state police public relations official Olumuyiwa Adejobi on Friday in Lagos.
Odumosu instructed the officers to implement the operation order prepared for the celebration by ensuring an adequate deployment of men in strategic locations.
"These places include worship centers, picnic parks and recreation arenas, as many recreation enthusiasts will come to celebrate Easter," said the commissioner.
He, however, called on residents, especially fun-seekers, to be moderate in their celebration and to abide by the country's laws without exception to COVID-19 protocols.
Odumosu also warned them to refrain from reckless driving and blatant violation of traffic rules and regulations, especially driving against the tide (one-way) and the BRT lanes.
“Police and other security personnel have been deployed throughout the state to enforce law and order,” he said.
Odumosu said police detectives attached to Maroko's division on Thursday along with officials from the Lagos State Transport Management Authority (LASTMA) broke up a "One-Chance" union operating around the axis. Lekki.
He said that one Nurah Muazu, 31, from Aboki Estate, Marwa Lekki alongside his gang members, Roland Onoge, 38, and Daniel Abah, 28, were arrested by LASTMA officials.
“The gang members were pulled over by LASTMA officials along the Marwa Lekki bus stop after stealing an Amarachi Isaac, f, in their unregistered red Toyota Camry car.
"I have ordered an investigation to apprehend other members of the One-Chance Flight Syndicate and other similar unions, who have been placed under police surveillance for some time," he said.
The commissioner praised the efforts of LASTMA officials to intercept suspects and police detectives for follow-up.
“I urge other security and safety agencies to emulate their acts of professionalism and commitment to duty, as every individual is expected to play a vital role in securing Lagos State.
"I ordered the suspects to be transferred to the State Department of Criminal Investigation, Panti, Yaba for a low-profile investigation," Odumosu said. (NOPE)(NAN)
The Police Command in Lagos State has said that no life was lost to the accident which involved two tankers laden with Petrol and a container that occurred on Otedola Bridge, along the Lagos/Ibadan Expressway in the early hours of Saturday.
The command’s Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), SP Olumuyiwa Adejobi in a statement released on Saturday said that the accident occured around 2.30 a.m. along the Lagos/Ibadan Expressway.
Adejobi said that the Commissioner of Police, Lagos State, Mr Hakeem Odumosu, had visited the scene for an on-the-spot assessment and evacuation to ease flow of traffic.
“His team was assisted by the personnel of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), Lagos State Transport Management Authority (LASTMA), National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA) and the Fire Service of Lagos State.
“They have been working assiduously on the evacuation since 2.30 a.m, ” the PPRO said.
According to Adejobi, preliminary findings show that the accident was caused by a container driver who lost control and rammed into a tanker laden with PMS and caught fire.
“No life was lost and all efforts are on to ease traffic along the expressway,” he said.
Edited By: Peter Dada