The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) has directed all construction companies to put adequate road signs at all the ongoing road construction and rehabilitation sites to curb road traffic crashes.
They are also to provide adequate information to all road users and check traffic issues during the Christmas and New Year celebrations nationwide.
The Corps Marshal, FRSC, Dr Boboye Oyeyemi, said this during the end of the year strategy session for Corps operators on Wednesday in Abuja.
Oyeyemi said that the directives had become necessary as the end of the year patrol operations would commence from Dec. 15 to Jan. 15, 2022.
Crystal News reports that the theme of the year 2021 end of the year special patrol operations is “Maintain Safe Speed, Avoid Night Travels, and Enjoy Quality Road Experience”.
The Corps Marshal said that Education, Enlightenment, and Advocacy were the major measures the corps would use in addressing road traffic crashes in the ember months.
Oyeyemi said that the corps was looking at cutting down the speed during the end of the year patrol operations nationwide and also advised the public to be careful while on the highways.
According to him, the public need to avoid traveling at night and be careful of road construction ongoing in the country
“There is the need to be careful because the government promised to fix the roads and a lot is going on all over the country on our roads. This is highly commendable by the government so we need to sensitise the road users.
“We are going on aggressive education, advocacy and enlightenment because from 15th December to 15th January, we will ensure that officers and men are mobilised during this period to ensure that our roads are safe and ensure there is free flow of traffic.
“The corps will also get the construction companies to display these signs to effect warnings, especially at night with adequate warnings that construction work is going.
“These signs are important because when someone is traveling at night, safety can be guaranteed and we also want to appeal to road users to plan their journey before embarking on it,” he said.
Oyeyemi said that the corps had liaised with the Minister of Works and Housing, Mr Babatunde Fashola to ensure the roads were properly opened during the yuletide to ensure free flow for traffic.
He added that the public, however, needed to support the corps as the government had done its own part to ensure roads were getting better with the ongoing constructions.
In the same vein, Oyeyemi also advised motorists on maintaining speed limit, noting that the corps would not hesitate to impound vehicles without the speed limit device during the yuletide season.
He said; “officers would impound vehicles without the speed limit device. 50 per cent of crashes are as a result of speed and it is worrisome.
“Also, tankers and trailers must keep to the appropriate lane. They must ensure there is a fire extinguisher and drivers must have their original driver’s licenses.
“Photocopies of other vehicle documents would be allowed, but original driver’s license is very important. So, if you are caught with an expired driver’s license, your vehicle will be impounded,” he stressed.
Oyeyemi noted that the corps had been prosecuting drivers driving under the influence of alcohol lately, adding that yuletide season would not be left out as officers and men would be on patrol to address the issues.
“We are setting out 25 help areas and we have created 34 corridors. These are the areas we will be doing random checks and anyone who is found to have violated this will be prosecuted and will not be allowed to continue with the journey,” he said.
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Oando Clean Energy Limited has announced the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Lagos Metropolitan Area Transport Authority (referred to as LAMATA), the Lagos State Government agency tasked with planning, implementing, regulating and franchising sustainable integrated public transport in Lagos.
The MoU establishes a partnership between OCEL and Lagos State in her journey to becoming a sustainable city via the rollout of electric mass transit buses, supporting charging infrastructure and service centres (EV Infrastructure Ecosystem).
The statement obtained from the NGX noted that with over 25 million residents, Lagos is the most populous city in Africa and among the top ten of the world’s fastest-growing megacities.
Speaking at the MoU signing ceremony, Commissioner for Transportation, Lagos State, Dr. Frederic Oladeinde said the MoU represented the State Government’s commitment to cutting greenhouse gases by replacing them with cleaner sources of energy.
Oladeinde said, “With an understanding that transportation is a key emitter of greenhouse gases in Nigeria, we developed a strategy to cut greenhouse gases by 50%. A key component of this strategy was identifying and developing a more robust mass transit system for Lagos that would include rail and waterways amongst others. Using electricity to power mass transit is a step in the right direction, and from there we would gradually transit to private cars.
“This is just the beginning, there is still a lot more to come on stream. I commend LAMATA and Oando on this MoU signing, and both parties can be rest assured that they have my full backing to ensure success,” he added.
Commenting on the MoU signing, the Managing Director, LAMATA, Engr. Abimbola Akinajo said: “We began this journey late last year, and for us, this has been a rapid development. It speaks to the energy and zeal of both organizations, and that is commendable. Oando Clean Energy came to us with a comprehensive solution that went beyond electric mass transit buses to include supporting infrastructure, and this was key for us, as the full remit of an EV support ecosystem is the only way to achieve success.
“This initiative will not only accelerate the Government’s transportation agenda, but also positively impact the health of Lagosians and the environment. The magnitude of its impact is far-reaching, and when you start to look at it as more than a transport initiative, you will see how laudable a project it is. The Oando brand comes with know-how and experience, and we are relying on this to successfully move from MoU signing to actual implementation that will in the medium to long term benefit over 22 million Lagos commuters. We look forward to a very robust and fruitful partnership.”
In his response, the Chairman, Oando Clean Energy, Adewale Tinubu, who was represented at the MoU signing by Dr. Ainojie ‘Alex’ Irune said: “Oando Clean Energy was born out of a need to curate the best energy mix to propel Nigeria and indeed Africa, to its full potential.
As a company, Oando has always championed Public-Private Partnerships as fundamental to Nigeria’s industrialization. Through the signing of this MoU, we are revolutionizing the landscape of mobility by pioneering e-mobility in Lagos. Furthermore, we remain dedicated to achieving our national commitment to net-zero by 2060, ending energy deficiencies and further propelling the country to an industrialized phase through decentralized and sustainable energy systems.
We are excited to be embarking on this journey with Lagos State and must commend their foresight and willingness to forge a template for others to follow. It’s easy to be perturbed by the perceived challenges that come with the mega-city status tag, but by taking this bold step, Lagos is showing the continent what is indeed possible and giving other cities the impetus to redefine today how to build a public transport system for the future.”
Over the last decade, the number of vehicles on Lagos roads has quadrupled, yet studies suggest that Lagos could become the world’s most populated city by 2100 with as many as 100 million residents; and as the city grows, so will the number of vehicles.
This upward trajectory in vehicle numbers poses a significant challenge as transportation has been identified as the key contributing sector at circa 23% to 30% in annual CO2 emissions.
Against this backdrop, the Public-Private Partnership (PPP) between LAMATA and OCEL will enable the successful fulfilment of the objectives of the Lagos State Government through the deployment of an EV Infrastructure Ecosystem towards the attainment of a sustainable road transport system in the State.
Furthermore, this initiative will bridge the existing gap in available mass transit buses for the increasing number of Lagos commuters.
Ogun State Governor, Dapo Abiodun, Wins Primary for Second term
The Ogun State Governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun, has emerged winner of the state governorship primary of the All Progressives Congress.
In the primary election conducted at the MKO International Stadium, Abeokuta, five other aspirants contested against the governor.
The aspirants include Olubiyi Otegbeye, Mrs Modele Sarafa- Yussuf, Mr Owodunni Opayemi, Remilekun Bakare and Abdukadir Akinlade.
Of the six aspirants, only Abiodun, attended the primary, while agents of all other aspirants, announced their presence and did what was expected of them.
Giving the details of the election, that was conducted in a peaceful atmosphere, the Chairman of the Ogun State APC Primary Election Committee, Chief Wale Ohu, disclosed that 1,180 delegates, from the 20 local governments, were accredited for the exercise.
Announcing the results, Ohu, said Abiodun scored 1,168 votes, while other aapirants, did not secure any vote, saying that two votes were voided.
Prior to the commencement of the process, Ohu, announced to the delegates and all the leaders of the party that attended the event, that all required agents, were present.
Ohu took time to read out names of the officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and other officials of the APC officials that were sent from the National Secretariat.
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