…To Professionalize Transport Sector
The Lagos State Government, through the Office of Civic Engagement, has disbursed the sum of N39million to 248 vulnerable members of the society who are in need of financial assistance as start-up capital for small and medium scale business ventures.
The Special Adviser to the Governor on Civic Engagement, Hon. Kehinde Joseph made this known today at the Bagauda Kaltho Press Centre, Alausa, Ikeja during the year 2016 Ministerial Press Briefing of the Lagos State Government in commemoration of the first anniversary of Governor Akinwunmi Ambode led administration in the state.
He explained that additional requests for financial assistance from members of the public are being processed and very shortly, more people will benefit from the exercise.
Mr. Joseph emphasized that in line with the present administration’s inclusive governance policy, the Office has met with various groups and non- governmental organizations to promote activities related to volunteerism, community building and participation in the political process.
According to him, “This is to encourage the development of better and creative ideas and solutions that would be helpful to the citizens’ wellbeing, as well as create opportunities for citizens to have input in governance.”
“It is also to sensitize the groups on their roles in a democratic dispensation and the need for them to be actively involved in moving the state forward through effective mobilization of the people for participation in political processes.”
While noting that the state government will continue to encourage all well-meaning citizens to contribute their quota to governance in the state, Joseph maintained that Governor Ambode has made good his promise to carry Lagosians along with renewed hope and determination to run an open and inclusive government through engagements.
In line with the present administration policy of inclusiveness, the Lagos State government has held consultation with road transport operators on the need to rebrand and professionalize the road transport sector, saying the present administration is determined to have public transportation system that supports its megacity status where tendencies for violence are curbed, drivers and conductors are retrained and registered.
Lagos State Commissioner for Transportation, Dr. Dayo Mobereola, disclosed this today at the Bagauda Kaltho Press Centre, Alausa during the Y2016 Press Briefing of the State Government in commemoration of the first year in office of Governor Akinwunmi Ambode.
Dr. Mobereola said that the state government has a plan to restructure garages in the State and introduce holistic ticketing system which people can download from the internet and use for any mode of transportation in the State without hitch.
According to him, “Lagos State motor garages will be restructured in such a way that alcohol and illicit substances and other things that are not supposed to be sold at our garages will not be there. We are going to teach the transport operators in the state etiquette on how to behave and talk to commuters. As a matter of fact they too want a change.”
The Commissioner further revealed that part of the effort to transform the face of public transportation will be the introduction of new taxi scheme and higher capacity buses that are eco-friendly, comfortable and fully air conditioned before the end of the year, adding that these buses will be 30-Seater as opposed to 14/18 Seater buses.
Responding to questions on traffic challenges on the Third Mainland Bridge, Mobereola explained that the problem will be solved on completion of the multiple laybys at Iyana Oworonsoki by the State government, pointing out that Oworonsoki road has a lot of residential areas on both sides without proper laybys making it convenient for commercial transporters to pick passengers on the road.
While noting that multiple laybys being constructed for the area will be completed soon, he opined that monitoring of transportation on waterway will improve once proper channelization and route delineation is put in place as well as the posting of Marine LASTMA, VIO and ambulances to work on the water ways.
He stated further that as part of ways of ensuring sanity on the road, Governor Ambode has given approval for the recruitment of additional 1000 LASTMA officials.