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Deputy Governor, others applaud Traffic Radio for timely, adequate travel advisory.

December 18
11:00 2020

Lagos Traffic Radio has been commended for prompt and timely dissemination of traffic advisory and information which enable residents to navigate smoothly across the metropolis on a daily basis. Speaking as the Lead Speaker at the online 5th Lagos Traffic Radio Lecture Series themed, “Traffic Law Enforcement, The New Normal”, the Lagos State Deputy Governor, Dr. Obafemi Hamzat, commended the management and staff of the organisation for their relentless effort in providing traffic information as well as solving the problem of traffic gridlock through live reports.
The Deputy Governor, while maintaining that the station has lived up to its mandate, called on residents to always tune in to the Station to plan their journey daily through accurate and well informed updates provided by the broadcast station.

Dr. Hamzat described this year’s lecture theme as apt, especially in the face of the daunting challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, stressing that the present administration is adopting inter-modal transport system as it intensifies work on water transportation as well as the ongoing Red Line Rail Project towards for effective Traffic Management and Transportation.

While assuring of more robust enforcement of all existing Traffic Rules and Regulations, he commended the Lagos Traffic Radio for partnering with Government and all its Ministries, Departments and Agencies towards ensuring a Lagos that works for all.

According to the Deputy Governor, with Lagos being a densely populated city, citizens have a major role to play as the government is working round the clock to provide enlightenment through the media and strengthen the traffic monitoring system with technology in solving traffic gridlocks at major hotspots on Lagos roads.

On his part, the State Commissioner for Transportation, Dr. Frederic Oladeinde, who was one of the Guest Speakers at the virtual event, advised the Station to intensify its efforts in developing more innovative programmes, just as he hinted that the State Government plans to install 2000 CCTV cameras to monitor traffic congestion, complement the efforts of traffic managers and combat the menace of traffic offenders on Lagos roads.

Speaking on the topic “Lagos Traffic Law Enforcement: The Technical Dynamics of New Normal”, Oladeinde disclosed that in the coming weeks about 1000 hand-held cameras will be distributed to personnel of the Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA), to enable them document their operations and ensure proper sanctions to violators of the State traffic laws.

“This is to demonstrate the government’s commitment to leverage technology and up-to-date realities of the post-pandemic era in improving and solving the challenges of transportation and other related matters”, Oladeinde said.

The Commissioner reiterated the government’s determination to reduce human contact at the point of vehicle documentation, registration and licensing, adding that 57 more Lagos Computerised Vehicle Inspection Service (LAVICS) Centres will be established across the State to enable motorists’ key into the zero tolerance for rickety vehicles on our roads.

In his contribution, the Lagos State Commissioner for Health, Professor Akin Abayomi, who spoke on the topic “Safety Starts with Us: Transportation and Personal Health Responsibility”, stated that since the first index case of COVID-19 in February 2020, Lagos has seen all together, 25,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and has tested almost 200,000 people.

Abayomi emphasised the need for Lagosians to follow all safety protocols, including regular hand washing, use of sanitisers, maintaining physical distancing, wearing of face masks in order to curb the spread of the pandemic, imploring parents and guardians to watch over their kids in the midst of the global health challenge.

Earlier, the host of the event, Lagos State Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr. Gbenga Omotoso, noted that with 22m trips made daily on Lagos Roads, a well developed transportation system is critical to its success as a socio-economic model for the African Continent.

Omotoso stressed that the 5th Lecture Series is geared towards proffering solutions to the problems associated with the transportation industry which includes lack of expertise, lack of political will, lack of revenue and lack of human resources.

In his vote of thanks, General Manager, Lagos Traffic Radio, Mr. Tayo Akanle, expressed his gratitude to the Almighty God for making the lecture a reality as well as to Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu and others, too numerous to mention, for their immense contributions to ensuring that the event was successful.

He described Mr. Governor as a man of many visions and passion, who has also demonstrated his great leadership skills in ensuring that all Lagos residents benefit from the dividends of democracy despite a global pandemic that has ravaged the world.

Akanle pledged the Station’s commitment to continually provide timely, accurate, reliable and objective traffic reports to the general public.

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