Panel Submits Report On Destruction Of BRT Buses On Ikorodu Rd

fasholaLagos State Governor, Mr Babatunde Fashola (SAN) on Monday promised to act on the recommendations of the report of the Tribunal of Enquiry on the Road Traffic Accident, Arson and Vandalism on BRT buses at Palmgrove, along Ikorodu Road.

Mr Fashola, who spoke at Lagos House, Ikeja explained that the report would still have to go through council deliberations and debates.

He stated that there is no Tribunal of Enquiry or Commission that the State Government has set up in the past whose report has not been developed into a White Paper report.

Fashola also stated that a White Paper on the report of the Tribunal of Enquiry would be issued which would communicate what government decisions on the recommendations are and the actions that would follow.

The Governor also stressed that the protection of life and property remains the principal duty for which governments exist and that whenever such unfortunate incidents occur, government must do everything to ensure that they do not reoccur.

Speaking earlier while presenting the report, which is in eight volumes, the Chairman of the Commission, Justice Ebenezer Adebajo, said the Tribunal has recommended an upgrading of the Lagos Area Metropolitan Transport Authority (LAMATA) and further empower it to effectively carry out its regulatory functions in relation to transportation in Lagos State.

He added that the Governor of Lagos State should demand an apology from the Nigerian Army and that the Nigerian Army should on behalf of the 9th Brigade, Ikeja Cantonment, apologize in writing to the people of Lagos State and that such apology should be published in at least two national newspapers in order to reduce the constant friction between the military and the bus operators.

 

Lagos Airport Transport Operators Protest

Lagos AirportAirport workers were on Thursday stranded along the Murtala Muhammed International Airport road as limousine and cab operators protested their displacement from the space they were allocated at the Lagos airport six months ago.

The cab and limousine operators said that they would not operate at the Lagos airport until officials of the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN), address issues bordering on their operations at the international terminal.

Meanwhile the Federal Airport Authority of Nigeria has appealed to the taxi operators to exercise patience, insisting that this inconvenience is being experienced because of the remodelling project ongoing at the Lagos airport.

The General Manager, Corporate Communications, Mr Yakubu Dati, said that once the remodelling exercise is complete, the taxi operators will have enough room.

Why Akande, AIC Can’t Stay On Airport Land – FAAN

The General Manager of Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN), Yakubu Dati has said that the authority had secured a judgment in June that rescind the lease of the disputed land at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA), Lagos from AIC Limited.

On Tuesday, personnel of FAAN and some officials of AIC Nigeria Limited, engaged in a free for all over the said piece of land.

FAAN had taken possession of the land ceded to AIC for the construction of a hotel following a court ruling and yesterday deployed its workers to clear the land with two tractors.

The Chairman of AIC, Harry Akande, guarded by armed policemen and some of his workers invaded the land to prevent FAAN officials from working on the land, even as he said the court ruling did not direct FAAN to take possession of the land.

The scuffle which lasted for several hours attracted the attention of travellers and airport users. Some Policemen from the MurtalaMuhammed Airport led by Assistant Commissioner of Police (Operations), Chucks Enwonwu were around to restore peace while appealing to the parties to settle the matter amicably.

Speaking as a guest on Channels Television’s breakfast show, Sunrise Daily, Mr Dati said that the disputed 15 Hectares of land has been overgrown with grass necessitating FAAN officials to move in to clear the weed and that in the process they were accosted by thugs led by the Chairman of AIC, Harry Akande.

He said for security reasons third parties are not allowed to go near the terminal and that FAAN staff tried to protect the terminal from being invade by Mr Akande and those with him.

Mr Dati said in 1998 under the government of Sani Abacha, the land which is about 15 hectares was given as concession to AIC to build and manage a hotel facility for 50 years.

He said the area concessioned was supposed to be for expansion claiming that due to lack of expansion most people miss their flights and the facilities are breaking down.

He said due to that fact that the land had not been used for over 15 years, FAAN decided to terminate the contract and a sum of $48 million was proposed by arbitration as compensation to AIC but that FAAN lawyers rejected the proposal stating they can’t pay for a land that had been laying fallow.