Gov. Mimiko Commissions 1.6bn Naira Mega Terminal Project In Lokoja

MimikoOndo State Governor, Olusegun Mimiko, has identified road traffic accident across Nigeria as the major killer that has surpassed the effect of cancer, HIV, malaria and Ebola put together.

Mimiko, who stated this in Lokoja during the commissioning of a 1.6 billion Naira Lokoja Mega Terminal project, noted that until government at all level take the issue of transportation services serious, the problem would continue to hunt the nation.

The State Commissioner for Transport, Abdulrahman Wuya, in his opening speech, said that the idea behind the terminal is to consolidate all the major inter-city and inter-state motor parks, in order to bring sanity to the unregulated transport system in the state.

Giving his address, Governor Mimiko praised Governor Wada for early completion of the project in the face of paucity of fund.

He also commended Wada for prudent management of resources in the state, while he described the Lokoja Terminal Project as the best in Africa.

While speaking, Governor Wada said that the project was conceived to eliminate the incessant traffic logjam and to take Kogi from economic doldrums, stressing that the project is capable of generating enormous revenue for the state.


Lagos Targets Noise Pollution Control With ‘No Horn Day’

opeifaThe Commissioner for Transport, Kayode Opeifa has said that the purpose of observing the “Lagos No Horn Day” is to have a noise pollution free day in Lagos.

The Commissioner told Channels Television on Wednesday that the containment of the Ebola Virus Disease showed that Nigerians could achieve whatever they want to achieve.

“Ebola was contained in Lagos properly and if we can contain Ebola that is not in our individual control, how much more something that we bought with our money, to be used for our comfort, then we can do without it,” he said.

Speaking as a guest on Sunrise Daily, Mr Opeifa referred to honking as an environmental and health issue, explaining that the noise level in the transportation sector is about 90 decimal according to World Health Organisation he stressed that the Lagos “No Horn Day” campaign was aimed at solving a public health issue through a social intervention idea.

“If you have a public health issue and you use social intervention to solve it, you get a better result.”

The Commissioner also explained that to further ensure the achievement of the noise polution free day, the state government had created lanes for both motorists and pedestrians.

He emphasised that if people adhere to the signs by staying on their lanes honking would be less. “My administration is not afraid of taking a bold step or making mistake and that is because we would be accused for not making an effort,” the Commissioner for Transport said.

Mr Opeifa also said that accidents caused on the roads were sometimes due to human error, attributed to impatience. “Noise pollution causes the adrenaline level to rise, it makes one get aggressive and it also triggers loss of hearing capacity. If there is a need to honk, especially when it comes to saving a life, then it should be used.

The Commissioner noted that, “since the governor said it was looking at controlling the use of horn, his driver had not used the horn for a year now.

Kogi Governor Commissions 12 Buses From SURE-P Fund

The Governor of Kogi State, Idris Wada, has commissioned 12 (32 seaters) Ashok Leyland buses at the cost of 110 million Naira from the Subsidy Reinvestment Program (SURE-P) fund.

While commissioning the buses at the Government House in Lokoja on Tuesday, the state capital, the Governor disclosed that the ‘Lokoja City Bus Service’ was a division of Kogi State Transport Company.

Top government officials, representative from state ministries, royal fathers, State House of Assembly members, political office holders and members of planet projects limited in attendance.

Governor wada  noted that it was established to facilitate the movement of people in a safe and orderly manner at an affordable ticket price .

Since the closure of Kogi State Transport Service, popularly called Kogi Travelers in 2010 , due to mismanagement of the company’s fund, people in the state have depended on taxi and  Commercial motorcycle (popularly known as okada)  as a means of transportation.

The new 12 buses will, however, run only within the Lokoja metropolis at the price of 50 Naira per drop irrespective of the distance.

In his opening address, the Commissioner for Transport, Mohammed Wuya, gave an insight on how it all started. He noted that the current administration had evolved policies to regulate the transport sector as well as intervention where necessary, to ease mobility in the society and reduce hardship .

Governor Wada while giving his address said the desire to restructure the company was as a result of government’s commitment to providing safe, comfortable and affordable means of transport for the entire citizenry.

He, however, urged the consultants to bring their wealth of experience to bear by ensuring proper and efficient management of the scheme so as to justify the huge investment of government in the scheme. He also directed the new ministry of transport, which is the supervising ministry, to ensure strict supervision and monitoring.

At the end of his speech, Governor Wada commissioned the 12 buses, and took a trip round town with some top government officials.

Road Safety: Lagos Square Off With FERMA/SURE-P Task Force

frscThe Federal Roads Maintenance Agency Act was enacted by the National Assembly and assented to by President Olusegun Obasanjo.

With this act establishing FERMA and for matters connected therewith, the agency became Nigeria’s first institutional mechanism for monitoring and maintaining, all federal roads in the country.

The Lagos State Attorney-General, Ade Ipaye, and members of the state House of Assembly, Western Nigeria raised alarm for the second time some months ago over the activities of the FERMA task force, a group of unemployed Nigerians allegedly recruited and trained by the federal agency in the state.

Many of these task force members had taken over major roads in the state, controlling traffic and taking over the jobs of the Federal Road Safety Corps, FRSC, and the State Traffic Management Authority, LASTMA.

Earlier this week, about 200 young men were arrested in Lagos state on Wednesday, May 28, following a face-off between men of the Police and a group identified as the Federal Task Force, which claimed it has a link with the Presidency.

It was gathered that the men of the Federal Task Force attacked the Police with bottles, after the security men barged into their office located on the Lagos-Ibadan expressway.

On this segment of Sunrise, Commissioner for Transport, Lagos State, Kayode Opeifa, and Commissioner of Police, Lagos command, Umaru Manko speak on matters arising.

Bayelsa to ban commercial motorcycle from September, plans to bring in tricycles

The ban of the use commercial motorcycles in Bayelsa state by the state government has been extended to the end of August, 2012.

The Commissioner for Transport, Marie Ebikake explained that the extension was to enable the motorcyclists’ secure alternative employment.

Mrs Ebikake added that, the state government is already making efforts to provide more tricycles in the next two weeks to enhance the state’s public transportation.

She revealed that the state government will also import Tata Nano mini buses from India in a few months’ time.

The state governor, Mr Seriake Dickson had recently disclosed that the operations of the motorcyclists in the state capital has caused more harms than good, with resultant effect of increase in criminality and frequent accidents.