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Ogun begins bus mass transit next month, light train to follow  

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  • Holds light train talks with NRC, LASG

A new transportation plan for Ogun State that will involve bus mass transit service starting next month (May) and a light train system has been unfolded.

The state governor, Dapo Abiodun, who rolled out the plan, said while work had almost been concluded on the bus service, his administration had commenced discussions on the light rail system with the Nigerian Railway Corporation and the Lagos State Government.

He spoke in Abeokuta, the state capital, while receiving two reports on the transportation sector named ‘Abeokuta Urban Transport Policy’ from the Head, United Kingdom Prosperity Fund, Nigeria Office, Miss Martha Bostock, and ‘The Strategic Transport Intervention Plan for Ogun State’ prepared by the Ogun State Transport Steering Committee headed by the state’s Commissioner for Transportation, Gbenga Dairo, with the support of the Department of Transport Planning and Management, Olabisi Onabanjo University, Ago Iwoye.

The governor noted that the Bus Mass Transit was conceptualised to improve quality of life by reducing travel time; improving local air quality; curbing greenhouse gas emissions, and preventing road fatalities and crashes.

Abiodun reiterated that the present administration was poised towards achieving an effective multimodal transportation system, adding that the state government had embarked on various strategies in achieving effective transportation system by rehabilitating both urban and rural roads.

He further stated that the inauguration of the Ogun State Bus Mass Transit Scheme would commence in May.

The light rail services in the state, he added, would commence as soon as discussions had been concluded with the Nigerian Railway Corporation and Lagos State to take full advantage of rail infrastructure within Ogun for the development of the state.

He said, “As part of government’s deliberate efforts at modernising and promoting efficiency in the transport sector, as contained in our urban renewal programme, the Ogun Bus Mass Transit, which takes off in May, is aimed at providing improved movement of people in the state. This is through a bus-based public transport system designed to have better capacity and reliability than a conventional bus system with a view to providing valuable public health benefits by reducing road fatalities, crashes and injuries; reducing personal exposure to harmful air pollutants; and increasing accessibility for public transport users.”

The governor commended the committee for painstakingly carrying out its assignment towards the growth of the state transportation sector and promised his government would ensure proper implementation of the committee’s report.

“I can assure you that we will implement the reports and will not leave them on the shelves to gather dust. I am convinced that the implementation would change the face of transportation in the state,” Abiodun added.

Earlier, the state’s Commissioner for Transportation, Dairo, had expressed optimism in the reports of the committee and the partnership with United Kingdom Prosperity Fund, which he said would facilitate considerable resource allocation and investment in the Ogun State transport sector.

Dairo revealed that Lagos (rail) Red Line from Oyingbo to Alagbodo would be extended further into Ogun, passing through Ijoko to Kajola/Ifo in Ado-Odo/Ota and Ifo Local Government areas of the state respectively.

He stressed that discussions with the NRC would not only connect the proposed Ilishan Cargo Airport with new the NRC’s Lagos to Ibadan rail and proposed NRC’s East-West rail line along Sagamu- Benin Expressway but would berth new rail stations at Ijoko, Itori, Obada-Oko, Osiele and Odeda while branch lines at Ijoko, Kajola and Papalanto would serve economic development zones at these sites.

Dairo said the inter-state BRT services would be between Sagamu-Mowe and Lagos as well as Ota and Lagos, with park and ride services on the Mowe-Ibafo-Lagos corridor, while Intercity bus mass transit services would start with a hub at Abeokuta, connecting services to Ijebu Ode, Sagamu, Ilaro and Ota.

He said, “We shall invest in both the quality and capacity of the public transport system, road and rail, in our greater push towards using public transport to ease human and cargo movement just as we seek to make public transport a choice mode for all commuters, including car owners, integrating travel information and fares as a way to better serve commuters while decisively maintaining a sustainable and high-quality living environment.”

Head of the United Kingdom Prosperity Fund, Bostock, expressed the readiness of the UK authorities to offer technical assistance to Ogun State in building capacity in its transport department for development and sustainability.

She urged the state government to initiate legislative framework that would make the project’s implementation successful and facilitate foreign support.

She said, “Future cities of Nigeria will offer technical assistance to Ogun State in building capacity within the state government’s department like the Ministry of Transportation and other relevant agencies about what a good transport policy should include.

“I like to see the policy put in place with necessary legislative action aiding the policy to be used to advertise the state to attract more investments.”

 

L-R: Ogun State Commissioner for Transportation, Gbenga Dairo; Head, United Kingdom Prosperity Fund, Nigeria Office, Miss Martha Bostock; Ogun State Governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun; Ogun State Deputy Governor, Mrs Noimot Salako-Oyedele; and Team Lead, Future Cities of Nigeria, Mr Kayode Khalidson, during the team’s visit to the governor. Photo: Ogun State Government

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Rail: Lagos to divert traffic at Marina for seven months

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Lagos State Government has announced plans to divert traffic on the National Theatre and Marina axis for the next seven months for works on the Blue Line rail project.
The Commissioner for Transportation, Dr Frederic Oladeinde, made the announced in a statement on Tuesday, saying that the road diversion would start from Monday Aug. 9, 2021 for a duration of 221 days.
Oladeinde said the diversion was part of the current administration’s mandate to ensure safety of motorists and construction personnel during the course of the construction of Blue Line rail project slated within seven months and a week.

He said that the Traffic Management Plan (T.M.P) would address the impact of the construction work on traffic and subsequently eliminate traffic related issues.
Oladeinde explained that the construction would commence on the Right hand side of the road for a duration of 116 days while the left hand side will take 182 days.
He further stated that some of the works would be done simultaneously as some aspect of the construction would require such attention.
“Motorists would be diverted to the descending ramp of Ebute-Ero to link Marina ring road through a diversion point.
“Alternately, traffic will also be diverted to Chapel Street along Apongbon to access Broad Street.
“Traffic signs and temporary barriers will be mounted along the affected axis to guide motorists on movement during the course of the construction.
“The Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA) will be on ground to ensure safety of motorists and efficient access to their destinations,” Oladeinde said.
The state government commended Lagos residents for their endurance and cooperation during the execution of these numerous projects.
Oladeinde, however, assured that the end result of these sacrifices would be a Lagos that is conducive for seamless commercial activities and existence of relevant transport infrastructure to meet the needs of the teeming population.

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Gunmen kill seven, raze 275 houses in Plateau

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Gunmen suspected to be herders have killed seven persons when they attacked some communities within Miango, Irigwe chiefdom in the Bassa Local Government Area of Plateau State.
Several persons were also injured and 275 buildings razed by the attackers
The survivors claimed herdsmen were involved in the attack said to have occurred between 7pm on Saturday and the early hours of Sunday.
Spokesman for the state police command, ASP Gabriel Uba, said only four persons were killed, while 50 houses were burnt.
He said, “On 31/07/2021, the command received a report that there was a conflict between gunmen suspected to be Fulani militia and youths from Irigwe at Jebbu Miango, Bassa LGA of Plateau State.
“Unfortunately, 50 houses were torched and four natives were also shot dead. Upon receipt of the report, the tactical team of the command was immediately deployed to the scene to tighten the security of the area and restore peace.
“The Commissioner of Police, Edward Egbuka, with other senior officers of the command visited the scene and has ordered a discreet investigation to fish out the perpetrators of the dastardly act. Normalcy has been restored in that area.”

 

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Three killed, houses burnt in fresh Imo attack

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Three persons were feared killed on Sunday in an attack on Okporo community in the Orlu Local Government Area of Imo State.
Many houses were also burnt during the attack which involved shooting, causing stampede and destruction of other property.
Okporo-Nnepi Orlu has been embroiled in crisis since last week when some bandits engaged police men in gun battle that claimed lives of about six bandits and a Divisional Police Officer, CSP Fatmann Dooiyor.
The incident led to the closure of the timber and building materials market by the traders in solidarity with the leader of Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kànu, whose trial was to commence on Monday, July 26 but was later adjourned.
The residents said no group had claimed responsibility for the Sunday attack that caused monumental damage to several properties, including motor bikes and vehicles.
Soldiers were drafted to take over the market believed to have been used as a shield by the bandits during the attack.

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