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Game up for lawless okada, keke riders, says LASG



The Lagos State Government has frowned on the brazen disobedience to the state traffic laws especially by commercial motorcycle and tricycle operators.

It has therefore vowed to ensure total compliance with the ban on the use of motorcycles and tricycles on major road and bridges in the state.

The Lagos State Commissioner for Transportation, Frederic Oladeinde, who stated this during a press conference at Alausa-Ikeja, directed all law enforcement agencies in the state “to immediately and continuously embark on enforcement on all restricted routes”.

This came just as the Lagos state Sector Commander of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), Mr Olusegun Olugbemide, said in the last three weeks, the agency had recorded an alarming number of crashes from motorcycle accidents across the state as a result of the surge in recklessness and impunity of the riders.

A statement by Gboyega Akosile, Chief Press Secretary to Lagos State Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu, quoted the transport commissioner as saying, “Following the flagrant violation of the traffic laws and other anomalies on the roads, Lagos State Government on Thursday read the riot act to motorcycle and tricycle operators, noting that the restriction on them from plying 10 major highways, 40 bridges and roads within six local governments and nine local council development areas in the state is still in force.

“The state government also expressed government’s displeasure at the disobedience to the Transport Sector Reform Law (TSRL) 2018 which restricts the operations of commercial motorcycles riders known as Okada and driving against traffic, known as one way driving.”

The commissioner also said, “In spite of all the efforts of Mr Governor to reform our transport sector, it is therefore disheartening to note a lot of our people are still going against the extant law of the state on transport operation and safe driving on our roads and in our communities.

“The state government prioritises the safety and security of the people. As a government, we cannot continue to watch this lawlessness develop into an uncontrollable situation.

“I say the game is over because in the last few months, we have witnessed a lot of security and safety challenges apparently as a result of the activities of unscrupulous ‘Okada riders.’ These operators do not only violate the provisions of the Transport Sector Reform Law of Lagos State, 2018 with respect to restriction of areas of operations, but perpetrate crime using their motorcycles.”

“With the upsurge in the number of commercial motorcycle operators, we shall intensify our enforcement strategy.”

He said the state government would immediately set up a joint enforcement team that would involve various transport union leaders.

“We hereby direct all law enforcement agencies; Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA), Vehicle Inspection Service (VIS), task force and the Nigerian police to immediately and continuously embark on enforcement on all restricted routes,” he said.

Another statement by the Assistant Director,

Public Affairs Unit of state transportation ministry, Mrs Bolanle Ogunlola, reported the Lagos Commissioner of Police, Hakeem Odumosu, represented at the press conference by a superintendent of police, Ozoani Damasus, said the police would do all within its power to ensure security of lives and property of the citizenry.

The Chairman, Lagos State Environmental Sanitation Enforcement Agency, CSP Olayinka Egbeyemi, stated that the unit would not back down in its effort to rid okada riders of restricted routes and areas in the state.


Car lovers relish Chery’s special offers at Circle Mall Lekki display



Car lovers relish Chery’s special  offers at Circle Mall Lekki display


Lovers of new modern cars are still talking about their experience at the recent spectacular display of Chery models at Circle Mall, Lekki, Lagos, from June 15 to 18, 2024, many days after the event.

Apart from the unique designs and features of the vehicles showcased at the place, they are particularly thrilled by the exclusive offers to customers including making a down payment of just five million naira (N5m) on any Chery vehicle and enjoying a special five per cent discount throughout June 2024.

This event was organized to celebrate the Guardian Day, a significant occasion in China dedicated to appreciating the love, care, and support parents provide their children.

The centerpiece of the display was Chery’s latest models – the Tiggo 8 Pro, Tiggo 4 Pro, and Tiggo 2 Pro.

Each vehicle attracted significant attention for its blend of cutting-edge technology, sleek design, and unparalleled performance, promising to captivate the Nigerian market, according to a statement by Carloha Nigeria.

It stated, “In conjunction with the celebration, Carloha Nigeria extended an exclusive offer to prospective buyers. Throughout June, customers can make a down payment of just five million naira on any Chery vehicle and enjoy a special 5% discount.

“This initiative is part of Carloha Nigeria’s commitment to making luxury and quality vehicles more accessible to the Nigerian public.”

In addition to the exclusive offers listed above, Carloha Nigeria also said it hoped to further enhance the customer experience with an impressive six years of free service and a comprehensive six-year warranty or 200,000 kilometres, whichever comes first.

This, it said, was to ensure that Chery owners could drive with confidence and peace of mind, knowing their investment has been well protected.

“We are confident that the Chery Tiggo 8, Tiggo 4, and Tiggo 2, will exceed expectations and set new standards in the Nigerian automotive market,” said Mr. Joseph Omokhapue, the Sales and Marketing Director for Carloha Nigeria. He further stated that “Guardian Day is a wonderful opportunity to honour the values of care and support, which resonate deeply with Chery’s commitment to our customers.

Visitors to the Chery display at Circle Mall were delighted with luxurious Chery-branded gift items, adding an extra layer of elegance, appreciation, and engagement for attendees.

The showcased models – the Tiggo 8 Pro, Tiggo 4 Pro, and Tiggo 2 Pro –are said to reflect Chery’s innovative design, advanced technology, and superior performance.

These vehicles are tailored to meet the diverse needs of Nigerian customers, offering a blend of luxury, efficiency, and durability, it stated

It noted that Carloha Nigeria’s presence at Circle Mall not only highlighted the brand’s impressive lineup but also reinforced its commitment to fostering strong relationships with customers through value-added services and customer-centric promotions.

It added that the event at Circle Mall was a resounding success, drawing large crowds and generating significant interest.

It stressed that Carloha Nigeria remains dedicated to providing exceptional value and service, continuing to drive forward the standard of automotive excellence in Nigeria.

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Toyota Nigeria hosts Toyota Motor Show in Lagos this week



Toyota Nigeria hosts Toyota Motor Show in Lagos this week

Toyota (Nigeria) Limited (TNL) will this week treat its customers and fans to a special Toyota Motor Show in Lagos.
The three-day event holding from Thursday, June 27 to Saturday, June 29, 2024 at The Podium in Lekki, will provide an enabling environment for customers and prospects to interact closely with their vehicles and get more informed about the company’s after-sale services/products vis body and paints and allied products, vehicle service and spare parts.
The Motor Show, the company said, would feature test drive of different models, free vehicle diagnostics, as well as a full complement of after-sales services on the ground for customers to take advantage of.
Senior management staff of TNL will also be on the ground to meet with customers and prospective customers.
The event scheduled to hold from 10 am to 7pm daily, according to TNL, will “provide an enabling environment for our customers to touch and feel our array of wonders on wheels.
“We want our customers to take advantage of the topnotch services we offer, such as improving the interior of your vehicle and the body to look good as new.
“Body and paint products and spare parts will also be on sale. Special service package opportunity is part of the deal.”
The company advised motorists to visit the Toyota Motor Show and take advantage of the huge discounts on vehicle purchase and servicing of their vehicles, which would be applied immediately or locked in to be redeemed later.
Some of the Toyota models being distributed by Toyota (Nigeria) Limited and would also be on display at the Show are Belta, Starlet, Rumion, Corolla, Camry, Corolla Cross, Hiace bus, Hiace Ambulance, Coaster, Hilux ( Prerunner), Hilux with canopy, other Hilux options, Prado TX and LC 300 VX Turbo
Toyota Nigeria’s facilities and dealership network are spread across Nigeria, manned by a well-trained workforce to deliver top-notch service to customers across Nigeria.

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R.T. Briscoe begins conversion of vehicles to run on CNG/LPG 



R.T. Briscoe begins conversion of vehicles to run on CNG/LPG 

R.T. Briscoe Plc has commenced conversion of petrol and diesel vehicles to run on Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) and Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG).

Group Managing Director of the company, Mr Seyi Onajide, disclosed this during an interactive session with journalists in Lagos.

He also unveiled a number projects embarked upon by the company including securing the approval of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) to raise N10 billion through a savings and investments scheme.

Onajide said the automotive division of the conglomerate decided to set up a CNG/LPG conversion facility in line with the Federal Government’s CNG initiative (Pi-CNG).

“We started the conversion of petrol or diesel engine cars into CNG and LPG without government funding and we believe it is the future of automobile industry. We have successfully done that on some pick-up vehicles,” he said.

The R.T. Briscoe CEO said the company had submitted a proposal to the Presidential CNG committee.

“They invited us to participate in the CNG initiative. We believe that the average vehicle owner in Nigeria and even commuters can benefit from this initiative because it has a lot of benefits. It will save costs for the motoring public,” he said.

Onajide said the CNG conversion kits being used are manufactured in Europe with one of the best global rating standards .

He added that the automotive division of the R.T. Briscoe has well-trained technical and professional team that could handle the installation.

Even as he noted that the future looked promising, he observed the initiative could be impeded by the non-availability of CNG and LPG refilling stations and expressed support for a hybrid model.

He said, R.T. Briscoe had approached some corporate institutions that are fleet owners that have justifiable reasons to build gas-refilled plants on their premises.

According to him, until gas-refilling stations are readily available, CNG would be limited to big organisations that could house and store gas.

The highpoint of the event was the inspection with a test drive of the finished vehicles converted to run on CNG.

RT Briscoe Plc is engaged in the sales and servicing of Toyota vehicles, technical services, material handling and property development and management.

The Presidential CNG Initiative (Pi-CNG) is a component of the palliative intervention of the President Bola Ahmed Tinubu administration directed at providing succour to the masses occasioned by the hardships of the fuel subsidy removal policy of the Federal Government.

With a projected $2.5 billion investment by 2027, the Presidential CNG Initiative plans to drive Nigeria towards a sustainable and prosperous future, where every citizen has the opportunity to thrive.

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