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LASG Acquires New Outboard Engines For Optimum Boat Performance

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Lagos State Government has procured and installed new outboard engines on some of its boats to improve speed and ensure optimal service delivery.

The Managing Director, Lagos Ferry Services, (LAGFERRY), Mr. Abdoulbaq Ladi-Balogun, said it was in a bid to accommodate the increasing number of passengers on its waterways.

He also commended Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu for his commitment to a robust intermodal transport system with a special focus on improving water transportation.

In his words: “We will like to commend the transformative leadership of Mr. Governor for approving the purchase and installation of the Six New Units of 300Hp 4-Stroke Yamaha Outboard Engines for MF Ejirin, MF Itesiwaju and MF Alausa (all 60 pax seating capacity)”.

He stated that the newly procured engines will improve the speed of the 60 pax capacity boats, ensure optimum performance and comfort of passengers.

“The successful installation and commissioning of these engines will definitely help in reducing travel time on the waterways, move more passengers, improve the speed and durability of our boats, thereby allowing these bigger boats to complete journey within 60% of the time it used to”, the General Manager said.

While informing that LAGFERRY will soon commence commercial operations to routes like Epe, Badagry and Ibeju-Lekki, Ladi-Balogun stated that the agency is exploring the endless possibilities on the Inland Waterways of Lagos State to ensure passenger comfort, timeliness, productivity and safety.

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Sanwo-Olu, Tinubu Inaugurate 1.4 km Agege Pen Cinema flyover

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Former Lagos State Governor, Bola Tinubu, Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu and others were present at the inauguration of the dual carriageway flyover and five other roads at Pen Cinema in the Agege area of the state to residents for use.

Speaking at the commissioning of the roads on Friday, the state governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, noted that the government was aware of the challenges residents in the area faced.

According to him, residents and road users along the axis have clamoured for a solution to the suffocating nature of the perennial gridlock occasioned by the huge human and vehicular traffic, flowing through the intersection.

To address the challenge, the governor explained that his administration decided to continue with the construction of a precast and pre-stressed reinforced concrete dual-carriage flyover and ramp, with road works in the area.

He stated that this was in the government’s quest to achieve the Transportation and Traffic Management Pillar (T) in its strategic THEMES Agenda.

Governor Sanwo-Olu stressed that the government deliberately focused on the provision of infrastructure to achieve preconceived targets of reducing travel time and save important man-hours that would have been otherwise lost to traffic.

He added that they intended to provide better riding surfaces leading to reduced maintenance costs, boost inter-connectivity, and generally make life more meaningful to commuters in the state.

The governor noted that in the days ahead, commuters would testify to the improved vehicular movement and traffic flow with the attendant positive impact on businesses and living in the area.

He was hopeful that the project would inject considerable life into the socio-economic activities of thousands of people who live, do business, or use it to connect their various destinations.

Governor Sanwo-Olu commissioned the project in company with a former governor of the state, Bola Tinubu, and top government officials in the state.

Read the full text of the governor’s speech at the event below:

ADDRESS BY THE GOVERNOR OF LAGOS STATE, MR BABAJIDE SANWO-OLU ON THE OCCASION OF THE COMMISSIONING OF DUAL CARRIAGEWAY FLYOVER AND FIVE NETWORK OF ROADS AT PEN CINEMA IN AGEGE LOCAL GOVERNMENT AREA ON FRIDAY 5TH MARCH 2021.

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In our quest to achieve the Transportation and Traffic Management Pillar (T) in our Administration strategic THEMES Agenda, we deliberately focus on the provision of infrastructure to achieve preconceived targets of reducing travel time – save important man-hours that would have been otherwise lost to traffic; provide better riding surface leading to reduced maintenance cost; boost inter-connectivity and generally make life more meaningful to Commuters in Lagos State.

In line with the State Strategic Transport Master Plan (STMP), we deployed a two-pronged approach to infrastructure delivery, so as to bring immediate impactful succour and relief to commuters.

We prioritise the continuation of strategic ongoing roads and link bridges, as well the development of new roads.

We also listed many roads for urgent maintenance, and continue with the provision of ongoing strategic offices and public buildings.

One of the most critical challenges being experienced on daily basis by residents/road users along the Agege Pen Cinema axis over the years was the heavy traffic volume occasioned by the geometric increase in traffic volume.

Residents and road users along this axis have clamoured for a solution to the suffocating nature of the perennial traffic gridlock occasioned by the huge human and vehicular traffic, flowing through this intersection.

To address the challenge of this huge traffic burden, our administration decided to continue with the construction of a precast and pre-stressed reinforced concrete dual-carriage flyover and ramp, with road works, across the Agege Pen Cinema intersection which was then at about twenty per cent completion.

This is in line with the first pillar of the THEMES Agenda which targets the provision of roads as a critical infrastructure that will support economic activities, enable commercial interactions and ensure ease of commuting from one part of the state to another through the elimination of traffic gridlocks

Prior to the construction of this flyover, the increase in traffic volume across this critical business hub and the resultant congestion was a serious challenge to commuters who throng the axis for businesses and the residents.

As part of efforts to eliminate gridlocks on major roads around the axis, we identified for reconstruction works some major arterial roads with good connectivity to adjoining roads that could serve as alternative bypasses to other arterial roads, especially during heavy/peak traffic periods, thus helping to free up more traffic

The bridge alignment is along Agunbiade Street (along Oke-Koto junction) and spans across the intersections of Old Abeokuta Road, Railway Corridor and Iju-Isaga Road and terminates near the entrance gate of Ijaiye Low-Cost Housing Estate along Oba-Ogunji Road.

The Bridge is also designed to convey traffic from Oba-Ogunji Road into Old Abeokuta towards Abule Egba through a ramp across Railway Corridor.

This ramp will greatly enhance vehicular movement towards Abule Egba, Fagba and its environs just as it would reduce incessant traffic gridlocks being experience over the years in the area.

To provide some context, the 1.4km Flyover Bridge has a dual carriageway with two lanes of 3.65m width each includes the improvement of road surface around the Agege Pen Cinema axis.

It also consisted of dualisation, expansion, construction and rehabilitation of five network of roads and junctions with turning radius improvement.

Provision of a new drainage system; re-routing some roads and traffic signalisation are some of the innovative solutions that were carefully designed to ease the daily gridlock being experienced by commuters in this area.

I have the pleasure to stand before you today, and confirm that through the delivery of the Pen Cinema Flyover Bridge which was conceived to transmit vehicular traffic across the intersections at Agege, we will be resolving the perennial traffic gridlocks arising from the huge human and vehicular traffic, flowing through the Agege Pen Cinema intersection.

In the days ahead, commuters will bear witness to the improved vehicular movement and traffic flow with the attendant positive impact on businesses and living in the area.

As transportation is the livewire and wheel that moves every economy, this project will inject considerable life into the socio-economic activities of thousands of people who live, do business or use it to connect their various destinations.

It will enhance productive exchanges, boost trade, eliminate the traffic bottleneck and stress previously associated with commuting through the intersection and improve the quality of life of all users.

To date, our administration has continued to provide the necessary infrastructure for coordinated and sustainable development, thereby offering relief to our people and promoting our performance index on the Ease of Doing Business matrix.

Also, through the delivery of this project, we have been able to demonstrate the linkage of delivery of road infrastructure to employment generation, (creating jobs for about 380 persons (including engineers, supervisors, artisans and others). It also shows a component of continuity in Governance,

A key outcome emanating from the strategic execution of this of the Pen Cinema Flyover Project is that our administration has again demonstrated the topmost priority it accords to the welfare and well-being of the people. It is a testament to our commitment to the Greater Lagos Vision

I urge you all, the good people of Lagos to join hands with us as we continue to promote economic prosperity through sustainable road infrastructure all over the nook and cranny of the State.

Thank you for listening.

God bless Lagos State.

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Uber Business Faces Competition, As Sanwo-Olu Unveils New Ride-Hailing Taxi Scheme

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Lagos State Government has unveiled a new e-hailing taxi scheme to redefine road transportation in the State. The Governor, on Thursday, signed partnership agreement with CIG Motors Company Limited for the take-off of “Lagos Ride” scheme with pilot fleet of 1,000 units of brand new Sport Utility Vehicles (SUVs).

Also at the ceremony held at the State House in Marina, Sanwo-Olu formally sealed a Joint Venture Agreement with the automobile company for the establishment of Vehicle Assembly Plant in the State. In the next 24 months, Lagos will have a jointly-run factory for the production of different classes of brand new cars.

Establishment of the Vehicle Assembly Plant in Lagos was part of the bilateral agreements reached by the State Government and Chinese Investors’ Community when the Governor visited the Asian country in November, 2019.

IBILE Holdings Limited, a State-owned corporation, will be driving the two investment agreements on behalf of the Lagos State Government.

Sanwo-Olu said the new ride-hailing taxi was a social intervention programme initiated with an objective to create jobs and economic opportunities for residents of the State. He said the “Lagos Ride” scheme was in fulfilment of his administration’s desire to give residents a better choice in road transportation by offering a safe, efficient and modern cab model in line with policy thrust of his Government’s T.H.E.M.E.S agenda.

The Governor said the taxi scheme, which is expected to fully take-off in the next 6 months, had been structured along a profitability model and designed to be self-sustaining for expansion and growth.

He said: “I am elated to unveil the Lagos State Taxi Scheme, which is another innovative policy of this administration targeted at making life easier for Lagosians, improving mobility and creating a seamless multi-modal transportation system. The scheme, which is to be known as “Lagos Ride”, is in fulfilment of our desire to give Lagos residents better transportation choices. The modern ride-hailing service is one of the State Government’s socio-economic intervention programmes, which will be professionally managed in line with global best practices

“Our social intervention programmes are tailored towards the eradication of poverty, provision of jobs and other employment opportunities as well as the provision of basic necessities, that make good governance our people’s reality. A major attribute of a modern megacity is a world-class transportation system with inter-connected services and mobility choices for the citizens. The task of bequeathing a safe, efficient, quick, and modern public transportation system is a key thrust of our administration’s development agenda. We are guided by the need for an equitable transportation system with mobility choices for our people.”

Under the taxi scheme, Sanwo-Olu said the Cooperative Society in the Ministry of Wealth Creation and Employment would give operators brand new SUVs for a period of four years, during which they would pay a monthly installment. At the end of the credit tenure, the operators will have the opportunity to fully own the cars.

The Governor said the scheme would offer operators flexible repayment plan and affordable savings for vehicles’ maintenance.

Sanwo-Olu said the establishment of the Vehicle Assembly Plant was in furtherance of his administration’s economic growth blueprint, stressing that the Joint Venture Agreement would revive industrialisation, drive up skilled youth employment and create wealth, boost tourism, and encourage technology sharing, adaptation, and advancement.

He said: “As we formally sign the Joint Venture Agreement for the establishment of Motor Assembly Plant, Lagosians should expect a roll-out of vehicles from this plant within the next 18 months. I urge other stakeholders and private investors to collaborate with us to sustain the scheme. We have the political and administrative will to ensure business survives in Lagos.”

Commissioner for Transportation, Dr. Frederic Oladehinde, said the e-hailing taxi scheme was initiated, following the approval of IBILE Holding Limited’s proposal in the August 31, 2020 State’s Executive Council meeting.

He said the Assembly Plant and the taxi scheme would boost socio-economic activities and support the development of ancillary enterprises in transportation sector.

Chairman of CIG Motors Company Limited, Diana Chen, pledged the full commitment of the automobile firm to the agreement.

Ms Chen, who is also the Vice Chairman of China-Africa Business Council (CABC), disclosed that the automobile firm would sponsor 50 students for a two-year engineering training in a vocational school in China to strengthen its partnership with the Lagos Government.

She said: “My teams are ready to work with 100 percent effort to build GAC MOTORS in Nigeria in the highest level of a brand. This international Joint Venture Project will soon bloom up in the Chinese business communities both in Nigeria and China. I assure you that, we will use this partnership as a best example to introduce and promote a Greater Lagos where greater opportunities abound.”

The highpoint of the event was the signing of the partnership agreements by the Managing Director of IBILE Holding Limited, Mr. Abiodun Amokomowo, and the Vice Chairman of CIG Motors Company Limited, Mr. Linus Idahosa in the presence of the Governor, Deputy Governor, Dr. Obafemi Hamzat, and Lagos Attorney General, Mr. Moyosore Onigbanjo, SAN.

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Abuja Airport Named Best Airport In Africa

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The Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja, has earned the 2020 Airport Service Quality (ASQ) award for Best Airport by Size and Region (5 to 15 million passengers per year in Africa) by the Airports Council International (ACI) Africa, a non-profit organisation representing the world’s airports.

This was disclosed in a press statement released by the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) on Monday, March 1 and signed by its spokesperson, Henrietta Yakubu.

“This award represents the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) commitment to continuously improving customer experience across all our airports.

The recognition comes at a time when we are geared towards ensuring seamless airport facilitation with the opening of new terminals and upgrading of our current infrastructures across board.

Despite a turbulent year plagued by COVID-19 induced financial struggles, the authority has endeavored to prioritize customer satisfaction while ensuring that health and safety remain topmost.

FAAN MD/CEO Captain Rabiu Yadudu accepted the award on behalf of the authority and restated FAAN’s commitment to ensuring the safety, security, and comfort of passengers at all airports across the country,” the statement reads.

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