The Lagos state government says it will continue to pursue the vision of providing a safe, integrated and affordable multi-modal transport system to the people of the state.
The State Commissioner for Transportation, Mr. Ladi Lawanson gave the assurance while reeling out the score card of the Ministry in the last one year to the journalists at the Bagauda Kaltho Press Centre, Alausa, Ikeja in commemoration of the 3rd year in office of Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode’s led administration.
Mr Lawanson explained that the administration of Governor Ambode is keen on physical development and provision of transportation infrastructure that will give flip to a world class transportation system in Lagos state.
The Commissioner who noted that state has been working on re-fleeting the 14-18-seater yellow mini bus with 40-80 capacity buses in the state and constructing more terminals, depots as complimentary mechanism for smooth operation of the programme said that the recently inaugurated premier Bus Terminal by the Nigerian President, Muhammad Buhari was a pointer to the determination of the state to create a bus terminal that is second to none in Africa.
He said “A committee comprising of representatives of the Ministry, our Consultants, Lagos Metropolitan Transport Authority, LAMATA and Lagos Bus Service Limited LBSL has been working on the gradual re-fleeting of the 14-18-seater yellow mini bus with 40-Passenger medium and 80-Passenger High Capacity buses to reduce the number of buses plying our roads, improve ecology of the state through reduction in carbon emission, improve the travel time and activate Private Public Partnership PPP.
The prototype bus has been identified, inspected approved while contract for supply of the first set of buses has been awarded.”
According to the Commissioner, the first set of buses is being expected in September this year.
Lawanson believes indiscipline on the part of some drivers is one of the causative for automobile crashes on Lagos roads which had resulted in 827 road traffic crashes involving 2,372 vehicles in 2017.
“As always human error especially, indiscipline, was identified as the single most frequent reason for road accidents. 827 road traffic crashes involving 2,372 vehicles comprised of 163 motorcycles, 101 tricycles, 1,686 cars, 853 buses, 196 jeeps, 476 trucks, 256 trailers, 85 containerized trailers and 82 tankers were recorded leading to 1,250 casualties.
“Consequent upon the crashes, 54 male adults, 21 female adults, one male child and five female children lost their lives in the crash during the period under review. 686 male adults, 416 female adults, 44 male children and 29 female children received various degrees of injuries in the crashes.
Analysis showed that 61 of the crashes were fatal, 484 serious and 1,827 minor and that 1,864 private, 2,024 commercials and 11 government vehicles were involved in the accidents. He equally stressed that human, mechanical and environmental factors accounted for a total number of 1,181, 754 and 437 crashes respectively” Lawanson said.
He maintained that safety on the road begins with competent driver, hence the creation of the state’s Driver’s Training Institute which has five centres across the state to train both commercial and private drivers.
“Considering that many Bus Conductors and Attendants graduate at our institute to become drivers, they are also trained. 755 of such have been trained and accredited since January 2017. However, of the 31, 881 drivers that were trained last year, 1,883 were found to have defective sights that are inconsistent with the requirements for driving on our roads,” Commissioner added.
He however assured the residents of the state of a cohesive working relationship with the between the Ministry and other transport agencies that will translate into an improved transportation system that will cater for ease commuting of the public.