By Aduragbemi Omiyale
The Oyo State Road Transport Management Authority (OYRTMA) has advised road users to use alternative routes, while its men and other relevant agencies strive to return normalcy to the route.
This traffic advisory became necessary following an explosion of a petrol-laden tanker along the Agodi area in Ibadan, the state capital.
The Chairman of OYRTMA, Mr Akin Fagbemi, in a statement on Friday, stated that efforts were being made to bring the situation under control.
He stated that “the incident, which resulted to the slagging of powered electric poles and cables dangling across the road, portends danger to motorists plying the route hence, in the interim, the authority has barricaded the way from Total-Garden to Agodi-Gate, Ibadan to enable safety officials of relevant government agencies evacuate the affected vehicles and restore normalcy.”
“Motorists are advised to navigate towards the State Secretariat at the Total-Garden Round-about to link the Government Road towards the Kola Daisi Civic Center inwards Agodi-Gate to Iwo-Road,” he disclosed.
“Alternatively, Motorists could opt for the Premier Hotel road to link the State Secretariat and move as above.
“From Beere to Iwo-Road Motorists are advised to take the Oje-Market to link Agodi-Gate inwards Iwo-Road.
“Another alternative is for motorists to move from the State Secretariat and navigate Ikolaba via the Nigerian Customs Zonal Hq. to get to Iwo-Road, Ibadan,” he further stated.
The agency beseeched commuters to drive carefully around the affected area as its men and officers are working concertedly with relevant agencies to restore normalcy in the shortest time possible.
Lagos to Prosecute Truck Driver, One Other Over Attack on VIS Officials
By Modupe Gbadeyanka
A truck driver and one other suspect would be prosecuted by the Lagos State government for allegedly attacking operatives of the Vehicle Inspection Service (VIS).
The VIS officials were reportedly beaten by a mob on Tuesday, May 10, 2022, along Airport Road in Oshodi, resulting in two of the operatives receiving treatment at the hospital.
According to a statement signed by the Commissioner for Transportation, Mr Frederic Oladeinde, the government officials were attempting to apprehend the truck driver for allegedly violating the traffic law of the state when the mob descended on them, using various weapons to attack them.
Mr Oladeinde, who frowned at the development, promised that the Lagos State government will take decisive action against the perpetrators of the act.
He said the truck driver and one of the attackers have been apprehended and would be prosecuted to the full extent of the law, stressing that others who are still at large will soon be brought to book.
Mr Oladeinde decried the frequent attacks on the enforcement teams of the state government by citizens, warning that those caught in the act will continue to face the full wrath of the Law.
Also speaking on the incident, the Director, Lagos State Vehicle Inspection Service, Mr Akin-George Fashola, urged members of the public to always channel their grievances against government officials to the appropriate authorities for necessary action instead of taking laws into their hands through unwarranted attacks.
“As we say in the transport sector, safety implementation without enforcement is mere entertainment. The role of the VIS is to ensure sanity on our roads for the safety of lives and property and if in the cause of this onerous assignment, you feel hard done by our officials, the last thing you want to do is to resort to self-help which is against the law. Endeavour to channel your grievances through the appropriate channel,” Mr Fashola advised.
GoMetro Raises $1m to Expand to UK, American Markets
By Adedapo Adesanya
South African logistics startup, GoMetro, has secured a $1 million (ZAR16.3 million) seed extension round to accelerate its growth, bolster its commercial team and rapidly expand into the UK and American markets.
The funds were received from Kalon Venture Partners, Hlayisani Capital, Tritech Global, 4Decades Capital, and E Squared Investments and would be used for key hires and investment in its innovative tech platform, product engineering and development.
GoMetro is a mobility management platform that enables public transport and logistics operators to boost operational efficiency, futureproof their services, and tighten their competitiveness.
The solution improves the operations of hundreds of fleets around the world by providing the building blocks for the rapid development of mobility applications.
Speaking on this, CEO of GoMetro, Mr Justin Coetzee said, “By using our mobility management platform and digitising their entire fleet, operators can save up to 30 per cent in operating costs by increasing overall vehicle utilisation, controlling excess mileage and managing back-office costs.
“We have also seen our customers increase the certainty and accuracy of their delivery windows by 50 per cent.”
On his part, Kalon Venture Partners CEO, Mr Clive Butkow said he was excited to be an investor in a business that continued to scale locally and globally.
“Kalon’s investment was motivated by the exceptional GoMetro team, as well as the innovative digitization of transport operations to better manage mobility.
“The GoMetro fleet works with logistics providers’ existing investment in telematics, provides accurate route planning and on-time alerts, and saves them money in back-office costs and contract performance,” he said.
Lagos to Divert Ikeja Traffic for Asphalt-Laying on Rail Level Crossing
By Adedapo Adesanya
The Lagos State Government on Thursday said it will divert traffic flow on the Public Works Road at Ikeja for Rail Level Crossing asphalt laying by 9.00 p.m. on Thursday till 6.00 a.m. on Friday.
In a statement today, the Commissioner for Transportation, Mr Frederic Oladeinde, disclosed that the asphalting was necessary to ease traffic flow across the rail track.
According to the diversion plan, motorists from GRA are advised to make use of Oba Akinjobi Way to link Airport Under Bridge to access Agege Motor Road, while motorists from Oshodi going into the GRA, Ikeja will be diverted to the Airport Bridge or Adegbola Level Crossing for their desired destinations.
The Lagos government noted that road users are therefore advised to comply with the traffic directions provided by the traffic enforcement personnel on the ground as well as road signals to minimize inconveniences during the rehabilitation works.
“Lagos State Government is hereby appealing to residents of the state, especially motorists that ply the mentioned corridor to make use of the alternatives routes provided to ease traffic flow, as the palliative works are aimed at achieving a seamless multi-modal transport system that is being envisaged for a greater Lagos,” the statement added.
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