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Lagos Restricts Inter-State Vehicles to Berger, Ojota Parks

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Lagos Restricts Inter-State Vehicles to Berger, Ojota Parks

Operators of inter-state buses and vehicles have been directed by the Lagos State government not to go beyond Ojodu Berger and Ojota Motor Parks.

A statement signed by the Chief Press Secretary to Governor Akinwunmi Ambode, Mr Habib Aruna, disclosed that operators of the inter-state vehicles should stop plying the Ikorodu Road.

In the statement issued on Wednesday, Mr Aruna said the state government has issued a seven-day ultimatum to the operators to relocate to the designated inter-state motor parks at Ojodu Berger and Ojota, after which stiff sanction would apply to defaulters.

Speaking after embarking on a joint inspection tour of ongoing construction of Modern Bus Terminal at Yaba and the beautification project at Jibowu, Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr Steve Ayorinde, said the decision of the government was in line with the determination of Governor Ambode’s administration to free the city of avoidable nuisances and install sanity and civility in the environment.

He said the inspection was a follow-up to an earlier visit by the Governor to the area, adding that all the necessary quit notices have already been served on the affected operators.

He said, “This is a follow-up on the visit of Governor Ambode to this axis last night and was very displeased with what he saw particularly in the manner with which long buses, inter-state buses are using the main town and what we have done so far is the initial announcement to say that henceforth, we will no longer allow inter-state buses to be along Ikorodu Road.”

“Henceforth, they will have to go to Ojota and Ojodu Berger which are the two designated inter-state motor parks.

“The ones that we have here in Jibowu will have to move and there is a 7-day ultimatum for everyone of them beginning from the ones in this axis to move,” Mr Ayorinde added.

Speaking on the reason for the ban, the Commissioner said activities of the operators had not been tidy and decent despite repeated warnings, and that government could no longer sit and watch such to continue in the overall interest of the people.

He said, “Take for instance, the new Jersey Barricades here are being destroyed and they are built with taxpayers money. Yes, the initial accident was caused by a vehicle but we have seen people showing disrespect to taxpayers’ money and that we can no longer allow.

“We have also see the way vegetal nuisance have taken over everything particularly areas that are being used by the operators of the inter-state buses in spite of the repeated warnings that this is no longer acceptable.

“Sometimes you come here late in the night and you encounter criminal elements and the government is saying we can no longer take this.

“In the overall interest of the public, what is tidy, what is decent and civilized is to move them where they really belong so that we can free the city and you know what we are doing in terms of the overall plans for the city.

“There are major bus terminals springing up. People have seen what we are doing in Yaba which will be ready by December; they have seen what we have done in TBS and Ikeja, which are all part of the overall plan. And part of what the Governor has said is that every area like that, we will add a beautification plan to it.

“So, what we have done is in the best interest of Lagosians, taxpayers and the public.”

He, however, urged affected stakeholders to work with government, assuring that the development would not in any way affect their businesses and livelihood.

Also speaking, the Acting Commissioner for Transportation, Prince Anofiu Elegushi, said the ban was part of the plan of the government to properly utilize spaces under flyovers and bridges.

He assured that government had already provided more than enough spaces for the affected operators at Ojodu Berger and Ojota, saying that a stakeholders’ meeting would also be held on this week to discuss and allocate spaces for operators at the said parks.

He said at the expiration of the ultimatum, government would enforce the ban and any operator who flouts the directive would be seriously sanctioned.

On her part, the new General Manager of Lagos State Parks and Gardens Agency (LASPARK), Bilikisu Adebiyi-Abiola, said government was already working on an intensive design for the beatification project to be sighted within Jibowu and Yaba axis, adding that the project would soon be implemented.

She said the project was part of general Greener Lagos Plan which the present administration had set out to achieve with the taking over and beatification of blighted areas across the state.

“The Greener Lagos Plan is for the benefit of all Lagosians so that our children can use them and it is also important for our health because we are going to introduce greenery, trees and plants that would help the environment,” she said.

She further said areas such as Lagos Island, Mile 2 and Festac were currently being considered for the beatification project in the short time, while there are massive plans to extend the project to all parts of the state.

On the issue of quality assurance, the new LASPARK boss said the agency was already working with contractors and partners to comply with the standards, while also assuring that the agency would enforce compliance with the required standards.

Dipo Olowookere is a journalist based in Nigeria that has passion for reporting business news stories. At his leisure time, he watches football and supports 3SC of Ibadan. Mr Olowookere can be reached via dipo.olowookere@businesspost.ng

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Passengers Stranded as Abuja-Kaduna Train Derails

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By Modupe Gbadeyanka

Passengers on the Abuja-Kaduna train were stranded on Friday in the Kubwa area of Abuja when the train conveying them derailed.

According to reports, the incident happened a few distances to its destination at about 3:20 pm and left the passengers frustrated.

Today’s derailment occurred barely a week after 300 stranded passengers on the Warri-Itakpe train missed its track in Kogi State.

In the latest incident, there were no reports of casualties, though the exact reason for the derailment is still sketchy.

The Nigerian Railway Corporation (NRC), which manages rail transportation in the country, was yet to give an update on the situation.

The administration of President Muhammadu Buhari revamped the rail system in the country. Loans were taken from China to build rail tracks to ease the movement of people from one point to another.

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Airtel Supports Police for Safety of Lagos Road Users

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By Modupe Gbadeyanka

As part of its commitment to support the activities of the police in ensuring the coordination and safety of Lagos road users, Airtel Nigeria has donated some traffic booths.

According to the Commissioner of Police for the Lagos Police Command, Mr Abiodun Alabi, the booths will be placed in strategic locations across the state to serve as an inspiration to other organisations to support the police in the discharging of their duties.

At a brief ceremony to hand over the items at the Lagos State Police headquarters, Ikeja, on Thursday, January 19, 2023, Mr Alabi thanked the telecommunications service provider for the gesture, recounting previous support over the years.

Some of which included the donation of phones to all police commissions in Lagos, donation of patrol vehicles, renovation of Zone 2 Command, renovation of Lekki Phase 1 Police post and the provision of CCTV cameras, etc.

“On behalf of the Inspector General of Police, Mr Alkali Baba Usman, and the Lagos State Police Command, I would like to thank Airtel for their support to the Nigeria Police over the years and for this particular donation of traffic booths for our traffic officers through its corporate social responsibility.

“Not everyone or every organisation appreciates what the police does for society; therefore, we are pleased to see that Airtel recognizes and supports our effort to carry out our duties optimally,” he said.

Also speaking, the Director of Corporate Communications at Airtel Nigeria, Mr Femi Adeniran, said, “Over the years, Airtel Nigeria has worked closely with the Lagos Police Command, and we have collaborated on several initiatives with a positive impact towards making Lagos a safer and more secured State to live in and do business.

“We are firm in our resolve to drive the vision of Airtel Africa towards sustainability consistently, and we consistently work to demonstrate this in our deeds through our CSR interventions.

“We are always glad to support the police force in the great work they do daily because we understand that once there is security, people can live and make ends meet without fear, and that is the only way we can say that we have a good society.”

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Traffic Gridlock: Lagos Directs Petrol Stations to Close by 4pm

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By Modupe Gbadeyanka

Petrol stations located along the major roads in Lagos will now operate from 9 am to 4 pm daily, the Lagos State government has directed.

A statement signed by the Commissioner for Transportation, Mr Frederic Oladeinde, explained that the move was to curtail the traffic gridlock witnessed around such fuelling stations in the metropolis.

The incessant scarcity of premium motor spirit (PMS), otherwise known as petrol, in the city and other parts of Nigeria has caused vehicles to queue for the product, causing a clog in vehicular movement.

Most of the queues are seen around petrol stations belonging to major oil marketers because of their pump price. At the moment, most of them sell at the official price of N169 per litre, while other fuelling stations sell between N240 per litre and N260 per litre.

The quest to buy cheaper fuel has forced most motorists to queue for many hours at stations selling the official pump price.

To address traffic caused by the queues and ensure the free flow of vehicular movement in the metropolis, the state government has moved to “regulate the activities of major and independent petroleum marketers operating along major roads and traffic-prone areas within the state,” according to the statement.

Mr Oladeinde said the state government was not happy with the “indiscriminate activities of motorists queuing to buy petroleum products and often impeding the free flow of traffic on some roads.”

He said the government has now decided to ensure that, “petroleum marketers whose filling stations are situated on major highways and areas susceptible to traffic will henceforth be allowed to operate only between the hours of 9 am to 4 pm daily, pending when the fuel shortage crisis subsides.”

The Commissioner added that the Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA), Vehicle Inspection Service (VIS), Transport Operations Compliance Unit (TOCU) and other law enforcement agencies have been charged to ensure a seamless flow of traffic across the State.

Mr Oladeinde urged “all major and independent petroleum marketers operating across the state to comply with the directive to avoid sanctions.”

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