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The Lagos State Government has again called on all road users in the metropolis to embrace the use of water transportation in order to decongest the roads, especially at this Yuletide season.

The Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Transportation, Mr Oluseyi Whenu, made the appeal, while featuring on ‘’AWAYE”, a Yoruba motoring programme on Radio Lagos, 107.5FM.

A statement by the Assistant Director, Public Affairs at the ministry, Mrs Bolanle Ogunlola, quoted the commissioner as urging commuters to adopt water transportation to access their destinations and not depend solely on road, noting that the present administration had committed huge resources to the development of transport infrastructure.

Whenu explained that in line with the Lagos State Government’s mandate to ease citizenry mobility through inter-modal transportation, the first phase of the Lagos rail, that is the blue line project from Mile 2 to Okokomaiko, would be completed and delivered for operations in 2022, as well as the red line which would share the standard gauge track of the Federal Government Lagos-Ibadan to connect Alagbado to Oyingbo.

The permanent secretary also revealed that plans had been concluded to procure additional boats to accommodate increased riders, and ensure operational safety guidelines on the waterways.

On the issue of traffic management, Whenu stated that the additional 1,000 trained LASTMA Officers absorbed by the Lagos State Government to further ease the flow of traffic had impacted positively on reduction of traffic congestion within the metropolis, adding that their operational time had increased from 8pm to 10pm.

For the festive period which had drawn near, the permanent secretary emphasised the need for motorists to observe the traffic rules and regulations for safety of lives and property.

He further advised all drivers to avoid over speeding, drinking and driving, driving against traffic, thuggery, violence and other traffic laws violation to avoid sanctions and penalties.

Whenu while assuring the citizenry of the government’s commitment to development of efficient transport system in the state urged motorist to consider the option of car pooling, by pairing up with partners of same location to reduce numbers of vehicles on the roads, adding that the state’s high capacity buses are also available for Public use.

The PS advised motorists to adhere strictly to COVID-19 protocols and safety guidelines, especially at this Yuletide season, just as he urged residents to support the Lagos State Government to achieve progress in the transportation sector.

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Lanre Shittu Motors to roll out high-tech CNG buses next month

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Lanre Shittu Motors to roll out high-tech CNG buses next month

Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Lanre Shittu Motors Ltd, Taiwo Shittu, says the company will next month (June) roll out Compressed Natural Gas-powered buses across the country to ease public transportation.

According to him, the move is fallout of the Presidential CNG initiative (Pi-CNG), as part of palliative intervention of the Bola Tinubu administration to provide succour for the masses after fuel subsidy removal.

The LSM MD who spoke recently from Havard Business School, expressed delight at a number of measures taken by the current government towards rejuvenating the various auto assembly plants in the country with specific attention to CNG buses to boost public transportation.

Following a presidential directive that CNG buses must be a priority and preferred mode of transport by the various ministries, departments and agencies, he said the government had shown its determination to encourage the local auto assembly plants.

Taiwo Shittu said during the telephone interview that by June 2024, Lanre Shittu Motors would be deploying large units of the LSM branded CNG buses in airports across the country and for other mass transportation needs.

He disclosed that LSM mulled the idea of CNG vehicles and saw it as the future of the local automotive industry many years ago because of the abundance of natural gas in the country as well as the economic benefits of CNG buses to both operators and commuters.

Taiwo Shittu assured that there are plans to start assembling LSM-branded CNG buses in Lagos using the best technology like in other parts or the world.

Apart from assembling CNG vehicles from start to finish at the LSM plant, he said the company has enough kits capable of converting petroI-powered automobiles to the CNG vehicles.

He assured prospective customers of quality after-sale maintenance of any stock rolled out from the LSM assembly plant.

For over 40 years., LSM through the visionary founder and chairman, Late Alhaji Lanre Shittu, has carved an enviable niche within the automotive industry through its quality products and services.

Taiwo Shittu said introducing the LSM-branded buses was one of the many ways of immortalising him.

He said, “We have taken proactive steps in the past years to offer quality training to our technicians at various stages, levels and categories of auto assembly and after-sale maintenance services.

“Upon graduation and certification, the technicians are also deployed not only in the various LSM offices nationwide, they are also being sought after by other industry stakeholders within the nation’s automotive value chain.”

The management of Lanre Shittu Motors says that all branches of the company are currently fully equipped with state-of-the-art CNG conversion equipment while orders have been activated and running seamlessly.

Meanwhile, the first set of CNG vehicles will be inaugurated during the present administration’s first anniversary on May 29, 2024.

The Federal Government allocated N100 billion from the N500 billion palliative budget to purchase 5,500 CNG vehicles (buses and tricycles), 100 electric buses, and over 20,000 CNG conversion kits.

This funding also supports the expansion of CNG refilling and electric charging stations.

 

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Corps Marshal, NADDC DG lead discussions at 10th Nigeria Transport Lecture 

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Corps Marshal, NADDC DG lead discussions at 10th Nigeria Transport Lecture 

The Corps Marshal of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) Mr. Dauda Ali Biu, and the Director General of the National Automotive Design and Development Council, Mr. Joseph Osanipin, will lead other major players to attend the 10th Nigeria Transport Lecture holding in Lagos on Thursday, May 23, 2024.

Already, Biu and Osanipin have confirmed to be part of the event.

Transportation safety will be the focus of discussions as industry players gather at the Radisson Blu Hotel, Ikeja GRA, Lagos.

Organized by Transport Day Media (www.transportday.com.ng), the theme of this year’s edition, which is ‘Transportation Safety in Nigeria: The Way Forward’, is meant to discuss issues about transport safety in Nigeria.

The discourse, which will involve industry participants from both the public and private sectors, will x-ray transport safety cutting across all modes of transportation in Nigeria.

Also expected at the lecture are the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Nigerian Shippers’ Council, Nigeria Safety Investigation Bureau (NSIB), among others.

The Editor-in-Chief of Transport Day Media, Mr. Frank Kintum, stated that the topic is relevant in contemporary times because many lives and property had been lost to lack of adherence to safety measures in all modes of transportation.

He said, “Irrespective of the level of infrastructural development in the transportation sector, if safety is not promoted, we are going to continue to record loss of lives and valuable property.

“Hence, the lecture is meant to address pertinent issues concerning the industry as it concerns our local Nigerian setting.

“Aside from the lecture, we are also going to use the opportunity to recognize some players, both public and private sectors, who have significantly contributed to the growth of the sector and contributed to the economy in general.”

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Cash rain at Toyota Awards as Nestle, Zenith, Roxcon win big (+ photos)

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Cash rain at Toyota Awards as Nestle, Zenith, Roxcon win big (+photos)

Toyota (Nigeria) Limited (TNL) on Friday, May 17, 2024, named Nestle Nigeria Plc as winner of its prestigious Evergreen Customer Award for the Year (2023).

The company emerged winner among the teeming Toyota customers, having purchased the highest cumulative number of new Toyota vehicles consistently within a five-year period (2019 – 2023) from the TNL accredited dealers.

As the Evergreen customer, Nestle was rewarded with office equipment worth about N10 million, which was announced by the Chairman of Toyota Nigeria Limited, Chief Michael Ade.Ojo, at a well attended ceremony held in Lagos to celebrate the customers.

Nestle also won the Best Customer of the Year award, being the customer with the highest purchase of Toyota vehicles from the TNL dealers in 2023. It also went home with a cash award of N5 million.

Roxcon Nigeria Limited and Zenith International Bank received N3 million and N2 million respectively for emerging first runner-up and second runner-up in the 2023 TNL customers purchase assessment.

Ade.Ojo congratulated the winners and thanked them for their loyalty to the Toyota brand and Toyota (Nigeria) Limited’s superior quality products and after-sale support.

Even as he urged others to take a cue from the winners, he announced that next year’s winner of the biggest award, the Evergreen, would go home with a brand new Toyota vehicle.

The Managing Director of Toyota (Nigeria) Limited, Mr. Kunle Ade-Ojo, in his address at the event, spoke on the big idea behind the annual awards.

He said, “At Toyota (Nigeria) Limited, the philosophy of ‘Customer First’ remains the focal point of all our activities. Therefore, at every opportunity, we like to recognize and acknowledge our customers’ overwhelming love and support for us, which has been our driving force over the years.

“Your unwavering patronage of the Toyota brand and unshaken loyalty to it have been awesome.”

The MD said that the company had consistently held the awards every year since the inaugural edition in 2005 but only suspended it during the COVID period.

“We thank you for staying with us throughout the difficulties brought about by the pandemic,” he added.

Notwithstanding the economic challenges confronting business organisations in Nigeria, Ade-Ojo expressed the determination of the TNL team “to maintain our culture of providing superior quality products and services to our esteemed customers.

“We will continue to avail you of models that meet your specific needs supported by robust after-sale services.”

He commended the vision of the company’s Chairman, Chief M. Ade.Ojo, affectionately called Mr. Toyota, whose foresight and tenacity, he said, had changed the face of the automobile industry in Nigeria.

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