FRSC To Deploy 1,808 Personnel For Lagos, Ogun Traffic

FRSC To Deploy 1,808 Personnel To Monitor Lagos, Ogun TrafficThe Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) says the corps will deploy 1, 808 personnel to monitor vehicular movements and arrest road traffic law violators during the yuletide on Lagos and Ogun roads.

The Zonal Commanding Officer, RS2.2, Lagos, Mr Sheu Zaki disclosed this during the flag-off of 2016 ember months’ campaign in Ogun, held at Ita Oshin park in Abeokuta, the state capital.

Zaki said that the command would also deploy 61 patrol vehicles, 12 patrol motor bikes, six ambulances and two trucks to major stations in order to ease traffic and also attend to emergencies.

He explained that Lagos and Ogun accounted for over 40% of the vehicles in the country, adding that prompt response to crashes and road obstructions was necessary on this axis.

“I have directed the mobilization of 1,808 FRSC personnel, 61 patrol vehicles, 12 patrol motor bikes, six ambulances and two trucks on these zones to ease traffic and also attend to emergencies during the Yuletide.

“Lagos-Ibadan Expressway which usually accounts for about 6,000 vehicles daily accommodates a daily traffic of about 10,000 vehicles during the yuletide period.

“I shall be leading other senior officers to monitor traffic flow daily and we shall also engage private towing vehicle operators to compliment the service of FRSC tow truck along the corridor.

“Overloading, speeding, dangerous driving and other malpractices will constitute part of the focus this special patrol operations,” he said.

The Zonal Commanding Officer also said that special patrols would hold in the zone from December 18 to January 18.

He advised motorists to use alternative routes to minimize traffic congestion on Lagos-Ibadan Expressway, saying that there would be a lot of religious activities during the yuletide.

In his own contribution, the Sector Commander in Ogun, Mr Clement Oladele said that the command was working closely with Ogun government, Federal Ministry of Works and other agencies to ensure that all highways are free.

He said that the advisory enforcement of speed limiters still continues, saying that all commercial motorists should ensure they install the devise before the February 1 full enforcement.

Obasanjo Reacts To Reports He Shunned Shagari’s Birthday

-Former President, Olusegun Obasanjo has expressed dismay over reports from a section of the media in the country concerning claims he was absent at the 90th birthday celebration of former civilian President, Shehu Shagari in Sokoto, Sokoto state, last week.

All the former Heads of State, including, Gen. Yakubu Gowon, Gen. Ibrahim Babangida, Gen. Abdulsalam Abubakar, Head of Interim National Government, Chief Ernest Shonekan and President Goodluck Jonathan were at the celebration, where a commemorative cake marking the 90th birthday was cut.

Presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Gen. Muhammadu Buhari, also a former Head of State, was absent as a result of his engagement outside the country.

Reacting to claims of his absence in a release in Abeokuta, yesterday, Obasanjo lamented the perceived imputation made in some of the reports in some national dailies, describing it as unfortunate.

According to Obasanjo, “I have read with dismay the imputation of some section of the media to the unfortunate incident of my not being able to be with my colleagues at the birthday celebration of President Shehu Shagari on Monday 25 February.”

The former President explained that a heavy traffic, which his entourage ran into on the fateful day, caused the delay, having left Abeokuta at about 6:45am in order to catch up with his colleagues in Sokoto.

“Leaving Abeokuta at 6:45am and hoping to fly out of Lagos airport at 8:30am, to Sokoto, we ran into a very bad traffic hold-up that made me get to Lagos airport at 10:45am.

“I did not arrive at Shagari’s house until about mid-day by which time the team of my colleagues had left. It is a pity that the media did not report my profuse apologies to both Shagari and other colleagues when I spoke at Shagari’s house.”

Obasanjo noted that, he had “no cause to dodge, avoid or snub my colleagues for what we all agreed to do together,” the release stated.

Lagos To Observe Horn Free Day

Horn Free DayThe Lagos State Government has concluded plans to set a date aside to be observed as a Horn Free Day every year.

The Commissioner for Transportation, Kayode Opeifa, made this known in his Alausa office on Friday.

The Commissioner said that the observance of the Horn Free Day is expected to reduce noise pollution from the use of the horn, improve road courtesy, improve lane discipline and draw motorists’ attention to the importance of road discipline and mutual respect for other road users.

He said that Governor Fashola has challenged road users in Lagos State to observe a Horn Free Day, which is designed to complement the on-going efforts by the Lagos State Government in the provision and upgrading of traffic infrastructure across the State.

The activities lined up towards the Horn Free Day, which is slated for Wednesday October 15, 2014, would involve active engagement of radio and television stations in generating discussions challenging road users to observe a Horn Free Day.

It would also include endorsement by relevant stakeholders, as well as ember months campaign by the Vehicle Inspection Service to advocate, educate and enlighten road users on road safety.

The Law Enforcement Training Institute (LETI) would also be embarking on a community outreach programme which involves market and motor park engagements that will provide an avenue for discussion of the Horn Free Day and the engagement of Traffic Safety Ambassadors to partner with the Ministry of Transportation to support the successful observation of the Horn Free Day.

Opeifa urged all motorists, Lagosians and the general public to support the State Government by observing and adhering to the Horn Free Day exercise.

Oil Pipleline Attacks On The Increase– NNPC GMD

The Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Mr. Andrew Yakubu has raised an alarm over the impact of pipleine attacks on the nation’s economy.

During his submission to the Senate and House of Representatives joint committee on the medium term frame work for the period 2014 to 2016, Mr Yakubu stated that attacks on Nigeria’s crude oil pipelines are still rising.

The NNPC boss revealed that about 150,000 barrels of crude oil is lost per day due to the attacks, and there are fears also that the revenue flow to the federation account will continue to dip as a result.

Commenting on the daily crude oil production figure, the NNPC GMD added that the production figure has been erratic, moving between 2.2 million and 2.3 million barrels per day.
Nigeria is yet to hit the projected crude oil production figure of 2.5 million barrel per day.

NNPC Refutes Product Importation Stoppage

The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, through has refuted allegations that it has stopped the importation of petroleum products as is being reported in some national and international media.

Acting Group General Manager, Group Public Affairs Division, Tumini E. Green stated in a press statement that NNPC Premium Motor Spirit (petrol) supply in the system is in line with its approved quota for the national demand with a view to ensuring seamless supply as we approach the peak period in the last quarter of the year.

The NNPC as supplier of last resort has responsibility for maintaining a robust strategic reserve with additional reasonable buffer in line with the nation’s energy supply policy.

Green maintained that the corporation’s PMS stock holding is in tandem with the approved PPPRA allocation to NNPC, while emphasizing that the stock level covers marine, inland and strategic stock.

The NNPC Spokesperson specifically stated that as at 17 October 2013, the marine stock offshore stands at 19 cargoes translating to 25.6 days’ sufficiency, which is part of the National strategic reserve. Incidentally, the aggregate strategic reserve and buffer has been misrepresented in some media as marine stock lying offshore.

Meanwhile, she said NNPC has taken proactive measures to guarantee steady fuel supply to the nation during the end of the year festive period.

Lagos: Court sentences man convicted for traffic offence to 8 hours labour

A 29 year old man, Joseph Nwudu arrested by the Lagos State governor, Babatunde Fashola was on Thursday arraigned before an Alausa, Ikeja Special Offences Court for road traffic offence.

Mr Nwudu was arrested by the Policemen in the convoy of the governor for driving one-way on November 2, 2012 when he ran into the convoy of the governor.

The Lagos state Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Ade Ipaye was the prosecutor in the suit filed before a Special Magistrate Court presided by Senior Magistrate E. M. Johnson.

The commissioner for Justice who led two other lawyers, George Okeke and Femi Alabi for the prosecution alleged that the defendant was accosted by the policemen working with the governor for driving his Honda Accord IV- TEC model marked XW 646 AGL against on-coming traffic at about 1.05 am on the day of the incident.

He said that the defendant, who faced a one count offence of violation of road traffic offence, was coming from Campbell Street inward to J.K. Randle road on the Lagos Island.

Mr Ipaye said that the defendant’s vehicle was impounded and brought to the office of the Task Force at Alausa while he was subsequently charged to court.

The commissioner urged the court to proceed to apply the Lagos Traffic Law 2012 against the defendant.

When the charge was read, the defendant pleaded guilty as charged and to the facts of the case as narrated by the state Attorney General.

His counsel, Segun Ayodele however pleaded for leniency for the defendant who he said is a first offender and has no record of breach of traffic law of the state.

Ayodele said that the defendant does not reside in Nigeria but in Dubai and that he was in Nigeria to attend to his ailing father who died five minutes before his arrest.

“He is remorseful having realised what he did is against the traffic laws of the state” Mr Ayodele told the magistrate adding that on the day in question, he just lost his father about five minutes before his arrest.

According to Ayodele, the defendant had on the day preceeding his arrest, took his ailing father to St. Nicholas Hospital and was with him till he suddenly passed on during the night.

He said the defendant was going to his hotel room to pick some things, including money to be paid before the body of his father could be admitted into the morgue.

“It was in this emotional condition that the defendant set out to go to his hotel room when he inadvertently went into one-way against on-coming traffic.

“The route he even took that day was a longer route to the alternative route available”, he said adding “in view of this, I urged the court to be compassionate with the defendant”.

Mr Ayodele pleaded with the court to take the situation of the defendant into consideration and for the magistrate to use her discretion in determining judgement in accordance with section 36(3) of Road Traffic Law 2012.

Delivering judgement, the magistrate found the defendant guilty as charged having considered the facts of the case as stated by the AG and admitted by the defendant.

She thereafter sentenced the defendant to eight hours of community service.

The magistrate said she was mindful of the circumstances on hand and the emotional shock the defendant was going through as at the time the offence was committed in arriving at her decision.

She however stated that the defendant must also give an undertaken that he would not violate Lagos Traffic laws again.

Stay in your village if you can’t obey our traffic law – Fashola

The Lagos state governor, Babatunde Fashola has vowed to enforce the new traffic law and the existing environmental laws of the state to ensure the state remains environmentally-friendly.

The governor, who disclosed this on Tuesday after visiting some on-going projects sites, however warned visitors and those interested in coming to live in Lagos to keep abreast with the details of these laws so as not to break them.

Mr Fashola said the state government will not fold its arms while some residents live in Lagos as if they are living in their villages.

“You can’t continue to live like you are in your village here in Lagos. Life in Lagos is changing by the day. The government has spent fortune to ensure good environment, drainages, roads and transportation system. It is unfortunate some people are still living as if they are in their village.

“Please, if you can’t obey our environmental and traffic laws, stay back in your village,” the governor warned.

FG opens Third Mainland Bridge

The Minister of Works, Mike Onolememen on Tuesday officially declared open all sections of the Third Mainland Bridge ready for use.

Mr Onolememen said repair works on eight expansion joints have been completed.

According to the Minister, the repairs were completed 10 days ahead of the scheduled date of November 5.

He said there was no variation in the contract sum of N1, 055,477,608.16.

Motorist and Commuters, who have had to manage diversions and traffic congestions since the repairs started on July 6, will be relieved as more lanes will now be available to them.

The contractor that handled the repairs, Messrs Borini Prono Coy Ltd also confirmed that the work is 100 per cent completed.

Fashola plans to ban us completely, he hates us – Okada union leader

The Chairman of the All Auto bike Commercial Owners and Workers Association of Nigeria (ANACOWA), Aliyu Wamba, on Tuesday said the restriction of commercial motorcycles, popularly called Okada from some routes in Lagos is a ploy by the State government to out rightly ban that means of transportation.

Speaking as a guest on Channels Television’s morning programme, Sunrise, Mr Wamba said one of the state government requirements for any okada plying designated route is that the motorcycle engine capacity must not be below 200cc.

“If they use the word ‘ban’, it would sound very ugly to the hearing of the masses, the truth is that they have ban okada in Lagos” Mr Wamba said.

When corrected by a host of the programme that the state government only prohibited okada riders from plying 475 routes, the union leader requested permission to elaborate a salient point in the new traffic law.

He said: “there is another clause that says if your motorcycle is below 200cc, you are prohibited from the other routes in Lagos. So which other routes can okadas ply?”

Mr Wamba said all the engine capacity of all the motorcycles in Lagos is below 200cc.

The union leader said the government is taking the steps to ban commercial motorcycles in Lagos because “they hate okada riders”.
The government however insisted that the new law is to bring sanity on the road.

The law prohibits okada riders from carrying pregnant women, school-children or women with children. It also prohibits the riders from carrying more than one passenger and from riding against traffic or riding on the kerb, median or road set- backs.

Furthermore the commercial motorcyclists are prohibited from plying major roads in Lagos including Herbert Macaulay Way, Nurudeen Olowopopo Road, Agidingbi Road, Adeola Odeku, Ajose Adeogun, Allen Avenue, Opebi, Isaac John, Mobolaji Johnson Way, Oduduwa Way, among others.

Sallah: Thousands of passengers stranded as fuel tanker blocks Lagos-Ibadan expressway

Thousands of passengers and motorist plying the Lagos-Ibadan expressway were on Friday stranded for several hours as a tanker carrying petroleum product fell on one part of the road.
The tanker which was laden with Premium Motor Spirit (PMS) was reportedly travelling from Lagos towards Ibadan at about 11:30pm on Thursday when it accidentally stumbled and fell blocking the expressway.

Motorist travelling out of Lagos were redirected to a single lane by officials of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA), the Ogun State Traffic Compliance and Enforcement Corps, and the police.

An official of the FRSC, who spoke with Channels Television, said a bad portion of the road around the Berger bus stop was the cause of the accident.

Point towards a pothole on the road, the FRSC official said: “There is a pothole there, maybe the driver enter it and couldn’t control and then rammed into the wall that partitioned the road.”

He said security operatives were around to chase anyone that would attempt to scoop fuel from the fallen tanker.

Channels Television correspondence at the scene of the accident reported that most passengers spent hours trekking from the old toll gate to Berger bus stop.

Lagos Assembly threatens total Okada ban

The Lagos State House of Assembly on Monday threatened to ban commercial motorcycle popularly known as Okada out rightly from the State.

Some Okada riders protesting the ban on them from plying 475 roads in the metropolis.

The Speaker of the House, Adeyemi Ikuforiji made the threat following a report on the destruction of government properties by the protesting Okada riders along Ikorodu road.

The House frowned at the attitude of Okada riders in the metropolis, calling on the state government to further strengthen security agencies to protect lives and property.

Mr Ikuforiji, while reacting to the incident said the House would not hesitate to ban Okada out rightly if the riders continue to destroy government property and constitute nuisance in the State.

Some Okada riders went on the rampage in various parts of Lagos State on Monday to protest the ban on them from plying 475 roads in the metropolis.

At Onipanu, on Ikorodu Road, the protesters vandalised about 10 BRT buses during the violent protest against the Lagos State Government.

Armed with sticks, iron roads and other dangerous weapons, the Okada riders hauled stones at BRT buses on Ikorodu road at Onipanu and Palmgrove bus stops.

There was pandemonium in the area and a team of policemen from the Rapid Response Squad, RRS was deployed to the area to quell the protest.
It was gathered that some arrests were made by the police but the number of arrests is yet to be confirmed.

Similarly, the riders also protested in Ikorodu and Ejigbo areas of the state this morning over the ban on them by government. In Ejigbo, the riders blocked the road, causing traffic jam in the area while they carried leaves and chanted anti-government songs. They rejected the ban placed on them from plying 475 roads in Lagos, saying it would cripple their businesses.

The Lagos State Police Public Relations Officer, Ngozi Braide, confirmed the protest, saying the police moved in on time to quell the protest.

Total war on Okada

Meanwhile, the Lagos State Government has declared a total war on commercial motorcycle riders plying the 475 prohibited routes in the Lagos metropolis.

Speaking at a forum to enlighten military officials in Lagos, the State governor, Babatunde Fashola solicited the assistance of the army in the implementation of the new traffic law.

“The military gave us this democracy, so there must be a continuing partnership to keep it going,” Mr Fashola said.

The governor however insisted that such partnership would happen “only where the rule of law prevails.”

He said: “About the Okada, for me, I understand the economics of the okada. But it also has the social effects. Many fathers have lost their children; many husbands have lost their wives; many children have lost both parents.

“All we are saying is don’t go on the highways. First because we must even understand, Okadas and vehicles are automobiles; they are not toys; they are mechanical devices and therefore for you to even use them you must go and train. That’s why you go to driving school to go and learn; then they certify you.

“Somebody just pulls okada from any parts of the country he likes, gets onto a truck, he’s going to Lagos and then you entrust your life to that man? As if that was not bad enough, he drives against traffic?

Respect people’s rights, Fashola tells LASTMA, KAI officials

The Lagos State Government on Monday urged law enforcement officers attached to the Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA), Kick against Indiscipline (KAI) and Neighbourhood Watch to respect people’s rights and pursue non-violence strategy while discharging their responsibilities.

The state governor, Babatunde Fashola gave the charge at a training programme, which office of Senior Special Assistant on Transport Education, Miriam Masha put in place for 7,960 law enforcement officers at the state Public Service Staff Development Centre (PSSDC), Magodo.

Speaking at the centre, the governor asked the enforcement personnel “to display the core values of integrity, courage, commitment, pride, professionalism, self-respect and respect for others and teamwork” in the course of discharging their core responsibilities of enforcing laws.

“As law enforcement officers, you will engage in the difficult yet important business of helping to regulate human behaviour on a daily basis. Your decisions, often taken on the spot, affect people’s lives. And you must bear that in mind in your decision making. Always remember that you are working for the people. You are their servant and not their master,” he said.

He also assured of the state government’s commitment to conducting effective training programmes, which he said, were consistent with contemporary minimum standards around the world.

Ms Masha explained the essence of the training programme, noting that it was organised “to prepare the law enforcement officers in the state for high service delivery and make them have better orientation and more focus so that they will be ethical on Lagos roads as well as promote law and order”.

She said that as a law enforcement officer, one “is not expected to apply unnecessary force while apprehending someone who has violated the law of the state. These are things that each of the officers under the state government must know. There is nothing new about this”.

While speaking with journalists, Special Assistant on KAI Matters, Dapo Bode-Thomas said law enforcement “does not always involve use of force,” noting that the programme would run through a period of 20 months.

He added that the training “involves two-week field activities where we are going to be engaging the public and listening to their opinions. The officers will spend two weeks in the classroom, making a one-month training programme”.

He further explained that the state government had set up a provost office with a mandate to monitor the conduct of KAI officers, saying after the training, anything the provost “gives reports concerning their attitude will be implemented. Governor Fashola will not take it lightly with them because we spent so much on this training and we expect them to change from good to better.”