COVID-19: You Must Comply With Safety Guidelines, Lagos Govt Warns Motorists

A file photo of buses in Lagos State.


The Lagos State government has called on motorists to comply with its transportation safety guidelines, as part of measures to control the second wave of COVID-19 pandemic in the state.

In a statement on Monday, the Commissioner for Transportation in Lagos, Dr Frederic Oladeinde, stressed that it was mandatory for passengers and commuters to wear face masks, wash their hands with soap under running water, and sanitise with alcohol-based sanitisers before and after each trip.

He also urged residents to desist from actions capable of undermining government efforts at curbing the second wave of the pandemic.

The commissioner explained that it was compulsory for all transport operators and companies to regularly disinfect their vehicles, parks, and garages, in line with the standards of disinfection approved by the state government.

While noting that the safety guidelines would be reviewed periodically in respect of interstate operations, he warned that the level of success would be monitored to achieve strategies for effective control of the further spread of the highly contagious killer disease.

Oladeinde, who affirmed that motorcycles remained banned in all areas of the metropolis and were not expected to carry passengers due to being vulnerable to COVID-19, warned motorists driving against oncoming traffic to desist from the reckless act.

He also cautioned operators of various mechanic villages in the state to ensure that all abandoned vehicles within their premises were evacuated immediately and ensure the environment was kept clean, stressing that non-compliance would attract serious sanctions from the ministry.

The commissioner insisted that all truck drivers, passengers, and individuals transporting foods, raw materials, and other agricultural products to the state must always wear their face masks and gloves.

On water transport operation, he stated that water transport operators would not be allowed to operate beyond 6pm daily, and they must ensure that their passengers wear life jackets in addition to compulsory hand sanitisation on every trip.

Oladeinde assured residents that the government would not relent in its efforts to eradicate the killer disease completely from the state.

FRSC Sensitises Motorists On Safe Driving In Kaduna

Ali Tanimu, representative of the Corps Marshal and Chief Executive Officer of the FRSC, Mr Boboye Oyeyemi


Ahead of the yuletide season, the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) has sensitised motorists in Kaduna State on safe driving.

At an awareness campaign held at the Abdulsalami Abubakar park in Minna, the state capital, the Corps Marshal and Chief Executive Officer of the FRSC, Mr Boboye Oyeyemi, said measures the agency would ensure alcoholic products and other hard substances are not sold in the park.

Oyeyemi who was represented by Ali Tanimu stated that driving after drinking alcohol has led to loss of many lives, stressing it accounts for the highest cause of road crashes in Nigeria.

Oyeyemi said, “The rate of road traffic crashes as a result of drinking and driving is very alarming. Accidents that could have been prevented and could have been avoided occurs as a result of drinking and driving.

“Alcohol impairs the vision and senses. By the time somebody drinks and the person is impaired, the endangers the lives of other road users. You discover that if there is a crash that could have been avoided, multiple people go.”

On his part, the FRSC Sector Commander in Niger State, Mr Joel Dagwa, said the aim of the sensitisation is to enlighten road users.

He said, “It is our hope that the activities such as this sensitisation will impact positively by way of changing the attitude of the road users especially the drivers so that they will comply more with traffic rules and regulations.

“They will be more orderly on the way they conduct themselves while on the road and they will also appreciate the fact that they will be prepared before using the road. And once they comply and adhere to this advice we have given to them,  it will translate into the reduction in the number of crashes.”

The Sector Command, however, warned that it will not spear the rod of the law against anyone caught driving under the influence of alcohol or any substance.

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Motorists Stranded As Tanker Explodes In Nasarawa


Motorists were stranded on Thursday as a tanker carrying diesel exploded along Lafia-Kadarko road in Nasarawa State.

Although there was no record of any casualty, a number of cows were however roasted in the unfortunate inferno involving the 33,000-capacity truck.

Following the development, officials of the state fire service battled hard to put the fire under control and prevent it from escalating as another tanker was parked behind the burnt one.

As at press time, clearance operations were ongoing to ease traffic and give motorists a sigh of relief as a result of the gridlock.

The Nasarawa tanker explosion comes two months after a gas plant was caught up in flames in Lafia, the state capital.

At least nine were confirmed dead while others were severely burnt in the incident as efforts to quench the fire proved abortive.

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Buratai Orders Probe Into Alleged Soldiers’ Extortion On Motorists

The Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant-General Tukur Buratai, has ordered an immediate investigation into allegations of soldiers on truck drivers.

A statement from the Director of Army Public Relations, Brigadier-General Sani Usman on Sunday said the COAS gave this directive in order to keep up with the professionalism the Nigerian Army is known for.

According to Usman, a concerned Nigeria took to his twitter handle to accuse the military officers of extorting money from trucks along the Maiduguri-Gamboru Ngala road, Borno State, North-East Nigeria.

The twitter user further alleged that each truck owner paid N300,000 for escorting trucks, thereby leading to the complacency of the troops.

“The Nigerian Army has noted with great concern about an allegation of complacency and extortion against soldiers by someone with twitter handle called “Danborno” on Social Media.

“He alleged long queues of trucks along Maiduguri-Gamboru Ngala road, Borno State He also alleged that each truck owner pays the sum of N300,000.00k to soldiers for escorting them.

“Consequent upon this, the Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General TY Buratai has ordered for immediate investigation over these allegations,” Usman said.

While frowning against acts of indiscipline on any soldier, the army spokesman said the military leadership would not tolerate any act of misdemeanour by any of its personnel.

He also called on members of the public, especially residents of the state to further avail the military of useful information that will aid its operation.

To this end, any aggrieved member of the public could lodge a complained through a toll-free line on 193 to report any observed lapses or allegation against any officer or soldier.

Motorists Decry Poor State Of Asaba-Onitsha Expressway

Motorists plying the Asaba-Onitsha Expressway have decried the poor state of the road and called on the government to come to their aid.

As a result of how bad the road has become, gridlocks have become a constant and motorists spend hours just to get through.

This has taken a toll on their activities and their businesses and many of them do not think they can continue to go through the nightmare.

In reaction to the gridlock, security operatives have been drafted to the area to ensure order and improve the flow of traffic.

Unfortunately, some of them take advantage of the situation.

Apart from the potholes on the road, some motorists accused the security operatives of worsening the situation by stopping trucks to collect money from the drivers.

The Delta State government believes that the devolution of powers to states will help solve the problem.

Chief Press Secretary to the Delta State Governor, Mr Charles Aniagwu, said, “The Federal Government tends to have carried so much load that they cannot shoulder. If you have an amount of federal roads across the 36 states and you don’t have enough time to attend to them, why not leave those roads for the states and then let the money you are taken on account of that also move to the states in which case the states are able to address them?”


Motorists React To FG’s Order To Eliminate Speed Breakers

speed breakers, motorists, FG, HighwaysMotorists as well as residents of some communities have been reacting to the ‘no speed breakers’ directive by the Federal Government.

This is sequel to the directive by Nigeria’s Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, ‎that all speed breakers on federal highways be removed.

Those agitating for the speed breakers to remain have insisted that they are necessary, in order to control the speed of motorists on the highways.

They believe that several lives have been lost to road accidents as a result of over-speeding by motorists, especially as some motorists indulge in drunk driving.

Some citizens are, however, in support of the government’s order for the removal of the speed breakers.

Motorists especially have complained that the speed breakers damage their vehicles, insisting that they are of no advantage on the highways.

Federal Controller of Works in Ondo State, Hezekiah Kehinde, in an interview with Channels Television, opined that ‎speed breakers are not part of road design.

According to him, “they are illegal and they even cause accidents”.

Channels TV also spoke with two transporters, Adewale Ojo and Kayode Agbeyanju, who were also of the view that the speed breakers should be removed from the highways.

Meanwhile, an Assistant Corps‎ Marshall in the Federal Road Safety Commission, (FRSC), Wole Olaniran, has suggested that it is rather “preferable for speed limit devices to be installed in vehicles, in order to limit the speed of motorists”.

FRSC Educates Motorists On Tyre Usage In Anambra

Tyre, FRSC, AnambraThe Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) has embarked on a one-day sensitisation programme for motorists and other stakeholders in Anambra State.

The host and Anambra State Sector Commander of FRSC, Mr Sunday Ajayi, said that the event was organised for the motorists to be acquainted with all the necessary information about tyres in terms of usage and when to discard them to avoid accidents and deaths on the roads.

Supervising the event, the Deputy Corps Marshal, Chidi Nwachukwu, revealed that from 2012 to present, seven to 10% of deaths recorded as a result of road crashes were attributable to tyre burst.

He advised the motorists to check the over 35 pieces of information written on the body of the tyre before purchasing one.

The Anambra State Commissioner for Rail, Water and Land Transportation, Chinwe Nwaebili, commended the corps for the sensitisation and the state government for constructing good roads while he urged motorists to use the road with caution.

In their various remarks, an official of the Standards Organisation of Nigeria, Edet Esan, spoke about the life span of tyres and the role of the agency in checking the sale of substandard tyres while the President of the New Tyre Dealers Association, Okechukwu Atuenyi, gave exposition on how to check the life span of a tyre.

The high point of the event was the field campaign on ‘know your tyre’ whereby motorists where guided on the exact gauge of their tyres and how to identify good tyres.

Oil Workers’ Strike Triggers Panic Buying Of Petrol In Nigeria’s Capital

Oil workersNigerian Oil workers have commenced an indefinite strike to protest what they called an unfair labour practice and non-passage of the Petroleum Industry Bill.

According to officials of the Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG) and the Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association (PENGASSAN), the government has refused to implement agreements reached with the unions on these issues.

Already, long queues have returned to petrol stations in Abuja,the nation’s capital city as motorists engage in panic buying of petrol.

Meanwhile, unionists continue to chant solidarity songs, promising to enforce their industrial action unless government takes steps to address the issues.

The Federal Government is expected to meet with the union on Friday to address the issues.

The House of Representatives had on June 2 said it would do its best to ensure that the Petroleum Industry Bill “is passed soon”.

However, since that promise was made at the 3rd Downstream Stakeholders’ Conference of the House Committee on Petroleum Downstream in Abuja on Monday, the Deputy Speaker, House of Representatives, Mr Emeka Ihedioha, till date the Bill has still not been passed.


Some aspects of Lagos traffic law looks draconian – Analyst

A Public Affairs analyst; Paul Utho has commended the Lagos State Government for taking a step in the right direction on the recent Lagos traffic laws passed into law to guide motorists in Lagos but in his opinion some of the traffic laws look draconian and too stiff.

Mr. Paul said the issue at hand now is not making the laws but making the laws and not carrying the citizens along in a country with a democratic setting.