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Minister of transportation seek approval to rehabilitate PH to Maiduguri railway.

The Ministry of Transportation will partner and encourage the initiatives of the Transport and Logistics Institute to educate Nigerians more on the sector.

Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, disclosed this in a statement by Mr Gift Okpara, his Media Aide on Sunday in Abuja.

Amaechi disclosed this while laying the foundation for the transport institute at the Gregory University, Uturu (GUU) in Abia State.

He said: “As Minister of Transportation, I am willing to partner and encourage the University in its initiative to educate Nigerians in the Transportation and Logistics field.

“Taking advantage of the Federal Government’s development strides in Transportation particularly the rail and maritime sectors.

“We’ll see how we’ll partner with the university in the Ministry of Transportation, especially when we start the construction of the Bonny-Port Harcourt-Maiduguri rail line.

“We are very particular about localising Railway technology, that’s why we are training our people in China and even made them to build a Transportation university and a wagon Assembly plant here in Nigeria.”

While making the commencement speech at the University’s 8th matriculation ceremony, Amaechi encouraged the students to be diligent and be courageous to ensure that they succeeded.

Chancellor and founder of GUU, Prof. Gregory Ibe, said he was inspired by Amaechi’s developmental strides in the transportation ministry.

Ibe said the school was enthusiastic to tap into that sector and aid the growth and training of Nigerians to become professionals in Transportation engineering and technology.

He said: “What we are doing here is to input technology, change methodology and then we are succeeding.

“And one of the things that we must succeed in line with your agenda in the ministry is to have this institute here, so that we can now train everybody.

“This university has a printing press, a paint factory, a sew factory, everything is produced here, we do fibre glasses here.

“Everything we do here, we do it because technology is done by human beings and I don’t see any reason why our Nigerian boys and girls who are well gifted cannot be trained in what we are doing.

“Any skill we get into, we perfect it, and in transport, to support the ministry, we are now creating something that you’ve come here to lay the foundation,” Ibe said.

In his remark the Deputy Governor of Abia, Ude Chukwu, sought the Ministry of Transportation’s assistance in ensuring that the planned inland dry ports for the State was achieved.

He pledged the State government’s willingness to support the Federal Government in any project it undertake in the state.

Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi

NobleReporters heard that the Institute upon completion will offer specialised transportation courses.

It is expected to provide specialised laboratories for Maritime and Oceanography, Aviation/Aeronautic, Designing and Construction Suites, Aerospace Engineering, Central Machining tools centre, Railway Engineering and simulation rooms.


Yobe provide tricycles to ease maternal transportation

Yobe State has procured 28 customised tricycle ambulances in order to ease the transportation of pregnant women in labour and other emergencies in hard-to-reach areas in the state.

Yobe state has one of the highest rates of maternal deaths in Nigeria.

On Friday, the State Governor, Mai Mala Buni, declared the training of the ambulance’s drivers open.

The training is being conducted in partnership with the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC).

Represented by the State’s Commissioner of Health, Dr. Lawan Gana, the Governor handed over the tricycle keys to the drivers and charged them to handle the improvised ambulances with care to reduce maternal deaths in the state.

The Sector Commander of the FRSC in Yobe State, Ezekiel Sonallah, believes the training will help the drivers take precautionary measures in transporting pregnant women, and during other emergencies.


No driver should park their fleets on the road – Fashola ..

Fashola gave the order on Monday in Lambata, Gurara Local Government Area of Niger state, while on a 2-day inspection tour of Highway projects in the state.

The minister pointed out that the vehicles, apart from impeding the works of the contractors to meet deadline, were also causing a lot of damage to the newly constructed roads.

“The oil emitting from the trucks is causing damage to the roads as oil and the binding agents on the road don’t go together.

“What is required is sensitisation of the public on the consequences of these actions; I believe no truck driver or fleet owner will deliberately destroy the roads, since a good road will also contribute to their prosperity.

“Therefore, it is the responsibility of all stakeholders, especially the National Association of Road Transport Owners (NARTO), to create proper parking areas for their fleets,’’ he said.

Earlier, Mr Felix Ume, Federal Controller of Works, Niger state, gave an update on the status of the roads and work done.

Ume decried the indiscriminate way truck drivers park on both sides of the road and spill oil on the road.

Mr Yusuf Waili, Chairman of Gurara Local Government, assured the minister that the local council had made packing spaces available for the articulated vehicles to relocate immediately.

NobleReporters learnt that the minister is expected to inspect five road projects in the state.

The projects include the dualisation of Suleja-Minna Road, Phase I and II, Reconstruction of Bida Lapai-Lambata road and Agaie-Katcha Barrow road.

Other are the dualisation of Jebba-Mokwa-Bokani Junction road in Kwara and Niger state.

The minister has so far inspected the Suleja-Minna, Bida-Lampai-Lambata, and Agaie – Barro roads.


Okada, Keke allegedly banned in 6 LGAs in Lagos ..

Lagos State has banned the operations of commercial motorcycles and tricycles in six local government areas in the state.

The affected LGs are the state capital Ikeja, Lagos Mainland, Lagos Island, Apapa, Surulere and Eti Osa. The ban will come into effect on February 1.

“After consultations with stakeholders, the State Security Council, in compliance with the extant Transport Sector Reform Law 2018, has decided to commence enforcement of the law which bans the operation of Motorcycles (Okada) and Tricycles (Keke) in the following Local Governments (LGs) and Local Council Development Areas (LCDAs),” Lagos State information and strategy commissioner Gbenga Omotosho said at a press conference.

The ban affects the local council development areas (LCDAs) under the LG. They are Apapa LG- Apapa Iganmu LCDA, Lagos Mainland LG – Yaba LCDA, Surulere LG- Itire-Ikate and Coker-Aguda LCDAs, Ikeja LG- Onigbongbo and Ojodu LCDAs, Eti-Osa LG- Ikoyi-Obalende and Iru/Victoria Island LCDAs, Lagos Island LG- Lagos Island East LCDA.

Omotosho said the ban is the first stage of the state government’s plan to sanitize its “roads and protect Lagosians from the negative effects of these illegal modes of transportation.”

“The Law is very clear. Motorcycles (Okada) and Tricycles (Keke) are banned on all highways, bridges and the listed roads,” Omotosho said.


Lagos State blue rail line commence operation.

…another great milestone for the project

The integrated mass transportation initiative of the Lagos State Government has recorded a huge progress with the successful completion of an elevated sea-crossing track of the Lagos Blue Line Rail Mass Transit project.

Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu, on Tuesday, led members of the State Executive Council to inspect the five-kilometre long Continuous Beam Bridge constructed from Iganmu to Marina, which is part of the fourth phase of the Blue Line Rail project and inaugurate the final phase of the project.

The ceremony also marked the commencement of construction activities on the final phase of the Blue Line rail project, which Governor promised to complete next year.

Sanwo-Olu said the completion of the sea-crossing track indicated his administration’s commitment towards completing the State-funded rail project started in 2009.

He said: “The completion of this project is top priority for our administration, as it is critical to the achievement of our prioritised pillar of traffic management and transportation in our six-point development agenda, known as project THEMES.

“The aim of this rail project is basically to reduce travel time through an effective and efficient intermodal transport system. It is also key to the building of a 21st century economy, which is central to the vision of a Greater Lagos aspiration. We are committed to delivering this project next year and ensuring its operation starts in 2021.”

The construction of the Blue Line rail tracks, Sanwo-Olu noted, was being implemented in strict adherence to the State’s Strategic Transport Master Plan, which prescribes six rail lines and one monorail for the long-term strategic goals of the State.

Apart from the Blue Line, the Governor disclosed that his administration would be starting the construction of the Red Line rail project from Agbado to Marina, pointing out that advertisement had been published in the media to invite investors for the construction of four other rail lines under a Design, Build, Operate, Maintain and Transfer model of Public-Private-Partnership arrangement.

According to the Governor, the advertised rail projects include the 68-kilometre Green Line, 60-kilometre Purple Line, 34-kilometre Yellow Line and 48-kilometre Orange Line.

The Green Line will start from Marina through Victoria Island, Lekki Phases 1 and 2, Ajah, Ogombo, Lekki Airport to Lekki Free Trade Zone, while the Purple Line is expected to start from the Redemption Camp going through Ogba, Iyana Ipaja, Igando and terminating at Ojo.

The Yellow Line will stretch from Otta through Isheri Osun, Ejigbo Mafoluku, Isolo to the national theatre, and the Orange Line will span from Ikeja moving through Mile 12, Ikorodu, Alapadi, Eligana, Isiwu, Imota and terminating at Agbowa.

Sanwo-Olu said: “The Government will also start the construction of eight quality bus corridors in strategic areas of Lagos. These bus corridors is our government’s initiative aimed at giving dedicated road space and traffic signal priority to mass transit buses in order to reduce journey times and improve service consistency.

“The aim of the initiative is to encourage people to change from cars to buses and thus reducing traffic congestion. We are opening up new transport corridors to organised transport operators for seamless transport connectivity, reduce congestion and truly make our state competitive.”

The Governor congratulated the Lagos Metropolitan Area Transport Authority (LAMATA) and the contractor, China Civil Engineering Construction Company (CCECC) for the progress, urging them to complete the Blue Line rail project on record time.

CCECC Managing Director, Mr. Michael Chiang, said the Continuous Beam Bridge represented the most complex construction work on the Blue Line project, noting that the engineering firm encountered several geological challenges before completing the sea-crossing section.

He said: “It is another great milestone for the project, which indicates that we have successfully overcome the major difficulties and solved the most complex construction section problems. We have overcome different challenges ranging from the impact of fluctuating tides, the frequent berthing of oil vessel, the very complex geological condition of the seabed and several incidents of barges colliding with the trestle near the busy sea navigation route.”

Also, the Managing Director of LAMATA, Mrs. Abimbola Akinajo, described the feat as a “great milestone”, saying the ceremony marked the successful completion of 85 per cent of Phases one to four of the Blue Line project, which spans from Mile 2 to Marina.


FRSC set to hand over drivers under the influence of drugs to NDLEA

…during and after yutelide

Sector Commander of Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC) in Enugu State, Mr. Kalu Ogbonnaya has warned that any driver found to be under the influence of drugs during and after the yuletide will be handed over to the National Drug and Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA).

Ogbonnaya made the disclosure this weekend, in Nsukka during the flag-off of 2019 FRSC Nsukka Unit ember month sensitisation rally tagged “Road Safety is a state of mind, road traffic crash is an absence of mind, stay alert and stay alive”.

He urged the leadership of the National Union of Road Transport Workers(NURTW) to ensure that hard drugs and alcohol were not sold in and around the motor parks.

According to him, “The majority of accidents are caused as a result of hard drugs and alcohol taken by drivers before embarking on a journey.

“In a bid to ensure accident-free yuletide, the commission will test drivers on the road and anyone under the influence of hard drugs will be handed over to NDLEA.

“Drivers should always check their vehicles every morning to ensure that their vehicles are roadworthy before setting out for any journey,” he said.

Kalu who was represented by the Head of Admin and Human Resources department Mr. Tony Uga expressed satisfaction on the synergy between FRSC Nsukka Unit command and security agencies in the area and called for its sustenance.

In a remark, the FRSC Nsukka Unit Commander Mr. Shuaibu Bello said the unit had put adequate measures in place to ensure accident-free yuletide.

Bello said if drivers and other road users would obey safety tips given to them road accidents would be minimized to the barest minimum since the majority of accidents were as a result of drivers’ carelessness and human errors.

Also speaking the Acting Chairman of Nsukka Local Government Council Mr. Cyprian Omeke implored road users to avoid absent-minded to remain alive.

“There is no denying the fact that over 80 percent of road accidents are avoidable if drivers are in their right state of mind.

“To be a good driver you will not only mind your own business but also the business of other road users.


Daura: Buhari set to perform ground shaking ceremony for University of Transportation.

The President Muhammadu Buhari is expected to perform the ground breaking ceremony for the take-off of the University of Transportation in his home town, Daura, Katsina State on Monday.

The Minister of Transportation Rotimi Amaechi who disclosed this on Sunday said the event will take place at 10am.

According to him, the specialised university, which is one of the gains of the several rail projects being handled by the China Civil Engineering Corporation, (CCECC) is aimed at promotion and the development of local competence and capacity through acquisition of requisite technology of the railway sub-sector.

It is first of its kind in Sub-Saharan Africa and it is expected to train Nigerians in a gamut of the transportation industry and encourage Nigerians to study transportation systems.

Amaechi said already, 150 Nigerians are presently in China enjoying scholarship at China Universities on the bill of CCECC.

He said discussions is already in top gear with CCECC to ensure that another set of 150 students enjoy the scholarship in the coming academic session.

According to him, government envisaged that these Nigerians will be graduate to the Masters and PhD class and in the next five to six years return to the country to take up employment in the university to train others.
Amaechi who spoke exclusively, said there was no definite time for the take off of the school.
According to him, the Memorandum of Understanding signed with the Chinese government clearly states that the Chinese would run the university for five years after which they would rescued to the background to allow Nigerians take over.

Amaechi further stated that Nigeria is not committing any fund to the university project as it is solely funded by CCECC and the Chinese government.

He said the Chinese also requested that the Federal Government nominate an administrator or a Vice Chancellor who will spear head the designing of the school’s curriculum in order to ensure that it caters for all the areas of transportation studies, including the various schools, faculties and departments needed to ensure it’s viability.

The establishment of the university is in line with the corporate social responsibility of China Civil Engineering Construction Corporation (CCECC) especially in the creation of employment as well as encouragement of local capacity development.

He said the university will boost the localisation and manufacturing of railway materials and domestication of rail sciences and engineering in Nigeria.


Ibadan: Oyo Government Gives Motorists 3 Days To Vacate Ojoo.

Commercial motorists parking to load and offload passengers along the Ojoo Interchange at Akinyele Local Government Area in Ibadan have been given three days to vacate the place and use the designated Akinyele trailer park.

The three-day ultimatum given to commercial transporters was to ease the traffic situation along the Interchange towards UI road as well as the road leading to Lagos-Ibadan expressway from Ojoo.

The directive has indicated a ban on the activities of motorists along these routes which would attract stiff penalties if caught.

The Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Lands, Housing and Urban Development, Mr. Ademola Ajibola

during a meeting with security and road management personnel on Friday said the governor, Seyi Makinde frowned at the way commercial cars and buses park at the roadside of the Ojo Interchange.

Ajibola noted further that for the safety of lives and beautification of the city, traders at the Interchange must move to Abatakan where stalls would be built for them while trailer operators at Abatakan would relocate to

Akinyele Trailer park.

“The governor has indicated his aversion to the continued use of the Ojoo Interchange, which was conceived and constructed to ease traffic congestion and stop accidents had claimed lives and properties due to trading and parking by motorists to load and offload passengers.

“He has approved a ban on trading and activities of motorists at this interchange in order to maintain the purpose for which it was built and any violation starting from Tuesday, 3rd of December will be dealt with by security and road transport management as dictated by the State’s environmental and transport laws,” Ajibola said.


Update: FG begins lagos-ibadan free train transport

The Federal Government on Saturday announced the commencement of free train rides on the over $1.5bn new Lagos-Ibadan railway service.

It said the free rides would last for four months and urged commuters to use the train service during the festive season.

The Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, who announced this via his official Twitter handle, noted that the standard gauge rail line was ready for use.

According to him, the free train ride would commence on Saturday (today), November 30, 2019, till the end of the first quarter of 2020.

The minister explained that the take-off point is the Iju train station in Lagos, while the free rides would help reduce the transportation cost incurred by commuters on the Lagos-Ibadan route.

Amaechi said, “Our free rides on the Lagos-Ibadan standard gauge rail line will begin today (Saturday) and run through March 2020.

“Commuters on that route can take advantage of it and save transportation during the festive period and beyond. Let’s ride on the #NextLevel. Take-off point is Iju.”

The minister’s tweet was greeted with several reactions, as some of his followers lauded the move, while others criticised the development.

Femi Otunba tweeted, “The lion of the Niger Delta, the Knight and the crusader of next level, thank you very much for not disappointing Nigeria and the peoples President, PMB.”

But Adedayo Adeyemo did not see any sense in the arrangement, as he stated that “there will be overcrowding, no one to hold accountable for poor service as it is free.

“Facility will be damaged due to overcrowded coaches and given that the train was procured through loan, how does free service help repay the loan?”