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Lagos state government announces traffic diversion plan at median inward Victoria Island, Ajah

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The Lagos State Government has announced that traffic will be diverted at the Median Inward Victoria Island and Ajah by the Lekki Phase I intersection for 2 consecutive weekends.

The government stated that the planned weekends are Saturday, November 18 to Sunday, November 19 and Saturday, December 2 to Sunday, December 3, 2023 from midnight to 5:00 am each weekend.

This disclosure is contained in a statement issued by the Lagos State Commissioner for Transportation, Oluwaseun Osiyemi, on Thursday, November 16, 2023, and can be seen on the state government’s official X (formerly Twitter) account.

Osiyemi said the diversion plan is essential to ensure the safety of motorists during the upgrade of the advertising structures located in those areas.

He noted that during the diversion period, the lane by the median inward Victoria Island and Ajah will be closed off to vehicular movement.

Alternative routes

The commissioner said that the following alternative routes have been suggested for Motorists:

Scenario 1:

  • On Saturday, 18th November and Saturday, 2nd December 2023, Motorists from Victoria Island along the Lekki – Epe Expressway heading towards Ajah will be diverted to the Lay-by behind LCC/Hitech Yard along Lekki Phase I to continue their journey. All other traffic inward Victoria Island will not be affected.

Scenario 2:

  • On Sunday, 19th November and Sunday, 3rd December 2023, Motorists from Ajah along Lekki – Epe Expressway heading towards Victoria Island will maintain the same route of three lanes to Lekki Phase I; thereafter, the three lanes will be merged to form two lanes.
  • Motorists from Victoria Island heading towards Lekki Phase I will be diverted to make a U–turn at Lekki Second Junction to access Lekki Phase I.

Motorists are implored to be patient as the State’s Traffic Management Personnel will be on ground to direct the movement and minimise inconveniences.

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Sanwo-Olu appoints Bakare-Oki Olalekan as acting GM of LASTMA

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Babajide Sanwo-Olu, the governor of Lagos, has appointed Bakare-Oki Olalekan as the acting general manager of the Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA).

Olalekan possesses a master’s degree in transport management/planning from the University of Lagos and a bachelor’s degree in history and international studies from the Lagos State University.

He would succeed Bolaji Oreagba, the immediate past general manager of the agency.

In a statement issued on Friday, Jubril Gawat, the senior special assistant to the governor on new media, said Bakare-Oki joined the state civil service in 2000.

“A dedicated servant of Lagos state since 2000, Mr. Olalekan has risen through the ranks with a steadfast commitment to excellence and leadership,” the statement reads.

“With his recent role as deputy director, grade Level 16, and a seasoned background as director of the logistics & engineering department, he has demonstrated exceptional expertise in logistics, fleet management, and operational strategy across LASTMA’s extensive network.

“The accolades he has received, includes; ‘Best zonal head of the year’ and ‘Best area commander/outstanding leader of the year,’ reflects his unwavering dedication to service.”

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FRSC warns against night travels during festive period

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The Federal Road Safety Corps has cautioned passengers against embarking on night journeys during festivities due to their negative consequences.

The FRSC Sector Commander in Katsina State, Mr Ibrahim Maiyaki-Bazama, gave the warning in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria on Friday in Katsina.

“People have freedom of movement, but we, as the road safety corps, have the mandate to take measures that will help minimise road crashes.

“Part of such measures is that we encourage people to stop or minimise night travel.

“This is because when a motorist is driving at night, he cannot see beyond the reach of the vehicle’s light.

“In case of an accident, sometimes helpers are not readily available, or it takes time to get those who will assist,” he said.

Maiyaki-Bazama further said that the command has standby rescue teams ready for operation in case of any eventuality.

He said that the teams were at the five units under the command located at Funtua, Daura, Koza, Malumfashi, and Kankia.

The Sector Commander further urged motorists to adhere to traffic rules and regulations, pointing out that “it is only the living that celebrate.”

He said that the command was committed to reducing road crashes to the barest minimum.

He added that the need to reduce road crashes prompted the command to engage stakeholders on road safety in the state.

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FRSC to prosecute fleet operators who violate safety standards

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The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) says it will sanction and prosecute fleet operators who violate safety standards across the country.

Dauda Biu, FRSC corps marshal, spoke in Abuja on Thursday during the 2023 annual safety managers retreat.

Biu, who was represented by Amuche Nwaka, assistant corps marshal, said the FRSC would no longer tolerate the failure of fleet operators to adhere strictly to the terms of the road transport safety standardisation Scheme (RTSSS).

The FRSC boss said the retreat was intended to appraise and address notable observations made by the corps regarding the management of fleet operations in the country in the last one year.

He said investigations revealed that most recorded fleet operations-related crashes in the country could have been avoided if the concerned safety managers had been committed to their roles.

“This retreat is, therefore, a wake-up call to all of us to further justify our roles as safety managers,” NAN quoted Biu as saying.

“Specific lapses observed included non-installation of speed limit device (SLD), tampering with the already installed device, calibration above the approved speed limits, connivance with unscrupulous vendors for issuance of compliance certificates without actual installation, and so on.

“These shall no longer be tolerated as the corps will not hesitate to sanction non-compliant operators henceforth.

“All observed non-compliant fleet operators in any of the identified areas will be served with pre-action notices for prosecution and there is no going back on this.

“Fleet operators who refused to allow certification teams access to their premises will be prosecuted in accordance with the law.

“Fleet operators who fail to meet certification standards twice will be suspended from operations.

“Certified vehicle stickers shall be issued only for vehicles installed with functional speed limiting devices.”

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