Lagos Mulls Water Transportation to Ease Traffic Congestion

Governor Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos State yesterday expressed the commitment of his administration to provide critical infrastructure and enabling environment for investors to participate in water transportation, which he said was critical to solving the traffic congestion in the state.

Speaking at a Roundtable on Water Transportation organised by the state government, and held at Eko Hotels and Suites, Victoria Island, the governor said though the sector had been left unattended to over the years, that the state government was nonetheless now committed more than before to fully harness the potentials of the water transportation to the benefit of the people and economic prosperity of the state.

He said the chaotic traffic situation in some parts of the state in recent times and the pressure on the road with attendant danger to lives and property, made the need to forge ahead with the reforms in the water sector being championed by his administration even more compelling.

According to him, “The question to ask is what has brought us to this despicable situation so to speak where the only mode of transportation for over 22 million people is road and the road itself is chaotic.

In the last three years, we have been fighting traffic and unfortunately in the last two weeks, we have seen what has happened in Apapa and what we have been trying to do.

Just about three weeks ago, we saw what happened with regards to the Otedola Bridge disaster and then the carnage, as well as the inability of government to provide for the needs of the people.

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Air Peace inaugurates Monrovia, Abuja-Accra services August 6

Nigerian Carrier, Air Peace, has announced plans to expand its regional operations with flights from Lagos and Abuja to Monrovia and from Abuja to Accra from Aug. 6.

The airline made the announcement in a statement signed by its Corporate Communications Manager, Mr Chris Iwarah, on Wednesday in Lagos.

Iwarah said that the airline would fly from Lagos and Abuja to Roberts International Airport, Monrovia and from Abuja to Kotoka International Airport, Accra from that date.

He said the development was coming days after the airline secured the renewal of its International Air Transport Association Operation Safety Audit (IOSA) certificate.

According to Iwarah, the new routes are part of the third phase of the carrier’s network expansion project on the West Coast of Africa, adding that it would also connect Accra and Monrovia.

“We are pleased to announce that Monrovia, Liberia and Abuja-Accra will be joining our route network on Aug. 6.

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Governor Ambode pledges commitment to improving water transportation

Governor Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos State on Friday pledged his commitment to provide critical infrastructure and enabling environment for investors to participate in the ongoing efforts to scale up water transportation.

Speaking at a roundtable on Water Transportation, organised by the state government, Ambode noted that the sector remained critical to solving the traffic congestion affecting the state.

He said that though the sector had been left unattended to over the years, the Government was nonetheless now committed more than before to fully harness the potential of water transportation to the benefit of the people and economic prosperity of the state.

Ambode said the chaotic traffic situation in some parts of the state in recent times and the pressure on the road with its attendant danger to lives and property, made the need to forge ahead with reforms in the water sector being championed by his administration even more compelling.

He said: “The question to ask is what has brought us to this despicable situation so to speak where the only mode of transportation for over 22 million people is road and the road itself is chaotic.

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Oando, JV partners boost road infrastructure

Oando Plc in conjunction with its Joint Venture (JV) partners, the National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) and Nigerian Agip Oil Company (NAOC), has commissioned road projects with drainage systems in its host communities in Imo, Rivers and Bayelsa states.

In Imo, Oando and its JV partners commissioned three road projects, specifically the Flora Nwakuche road, the Echina road and the Bishop Nwedo road, with drains in the Oguta community.

Roads were also commissioned in the Ebgemo Angalabiri community, Ekeremore and in Etiema, Nembe in Bayelsa, whilst in Rivers, a 1.5km road was commissioned in the Aggah community, Onelga.

These road projects will improve access to and from the community, in the process spurring economic activities and growth and will improve the quality and standard of living of members of the community.

Speaking on the occasion, Community Relations Manager, Oando Energy Resources, Chief Sam Onyenwe said: “We recognise the importance of good road networks to the community and the economy at large.

We are hopeful that the commissioning and handing over of these roads today will lead to an improvement in the transportation and delivery of goods and services.

We are also hopeful that this will open up these particular communities to their neighboring communities and promote economic development.”

(TODAY ONLINE NIGERIA)

Airlines, police to enhance security at Lagos airport

In lieu of the recent threat to aviation security, the Nigerian Police Force (NPF) has sought to partner airlines to boost safety of lives and properties around the busy Lagos airport.

Assistant Inspector-General of Police (AIG), Danjuma Ibrahim, who was recently deployed to head the Lagos Airport Police Command, said his primary responsibility was to improve on the existing security network, a task he wants to fulfill with the support of the stakeholders.

It will be recalled that the Federal Government recently alerted the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA), the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) and the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) over the threat by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) to attack commercial flights into and out of the country and “bring bloodshed to the skies

The airline reckoned that information sharing was necessary in order to curb criminal acts in the sector, stressing that without the collaboration of all security agencies, it would be difficult for the government to achieve security of lives and equipment in the industry.

The Senior Vice President Operations, Arik Air, Captain Adetokunbo Adekunbi, said the airline had always taken security as a top-notch since itsestablishment and pledged to continue with the tradition.

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Bayelsa Cargo Airport Project Almost Completed

Bayelsa State Government says it is putting finishing touches to its N90 billion Cargo International Airport project which has reached 95 per cent completion.

The state Commissioner for Information, Mr Daniel Iworiso-Markson, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Yenagoa of Friday that the airport would be inaugurated by President Muhammadu Buhari on Aug. 27, 2018.

Iworiso-Markson said that the airport was one of the legacy projects that would change the economic fortunes of the state and bring about prosperity for the people.

According to him, the airport, when operational, will create “massive” job opportunities for Bayelsa people and make the state a leading investment destination as well as a hub for business.

‘’There will be more business opportunities, more investment opportunities and more revenue will accrue to the state.

“It is indeed a dream come true for us as a government. We are so excited about this project because of the massive benefits the state and our people will derive from it.”

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Economist: Nigeria Air has immense economic potential for Nigeria

The newly unveiled National Carrier, Nigeria Air, has the potential to boost the nation’s economy if professionally managed, expert says.

Prof. Hassan Oaikhenan of the Economics and Statistics Department, University of Benin, said this in an interview with News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Awka on Friday.

Oaikhenan advised the Federal Government to ensure that structures were put in place to guarantee the sustainability of the new National Carrier.

NAN recalls that the Federal Government on July 18, at the Farnborough International Air show in London unveiled a new National Carrier known as “Nigeria Air”.

The announcement was coming 15 years after the liquidation of Nigeria Airways.

According to the Minister of State for Aviation, Senator Hadi Sirika, the National Carrier is Private sector driven. It is a business, and not a social service.

“Government will not be involved in running it or deciding who runs it. The investors will have full responsibility for this.

(TODAY NIGERIA)

Transport sector restructuring crucial to Nigeria’s economic prosperity, says Oni

To achieve the transport component of the Vision 2020, and place Nigeria on the path of economic prosperity, a Professor of Transportation Geography, Department of Geography, University of Lagos, Samuel Iyiola Oni, has called for restructuring of the sector.

This, he said, would be done using spatial temporal approach, without which every other effort to tackle challenges of the sector will continually be fruitless.

Delivering the inaugural lecture series at UNILAG, titled, “A Spatio-Temporal Restructuring of Transportation System In Nigeria,” Oni also highlighted that institutional reforms in the sector is also critical in the restructuring process.

He said since transportation is life, without which nothing can do, all the key players in the road, rail, maritime and aviation sector should come together and synergise, as the nation’s economy will benefit from that golden alliance.

He said: “The starting point for transport restructuring in Nigeria therefore, is the generation of sound, qualitative and up-to-date data. Without this, research, planning and development in this sector will only continue to be guesswork, and planning would continually be done on erroneous scales.

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Lagosians Groans As Truck Block Entire Stretch of apapa-Oshodi Expressway

Lagos residents are calling on the State and Federal Government to beef up measures in solving the problem of constant gridlock on the entire stretch of the Apapa Oshodi Expressway.

Motorists and commuters who ply Apapa Oshodi Expressway are lamenting, blaming the gridlock on trucks, which they said have taken over the entire six lanes of the highway stretching beyond the Isolo area.

The gridlock increased in the last 48hours when trucks parked on the main Expressway, leaving commuters to struggle through the service lane. The situation has led to the breakdown of law and order as commercial bus drivers have resorted to taking one-way.

“The vehicles formed long queues that extended from Mile 2 down to Toyota Bus Stop. I left my office, 6:45 p.m. and didn’t get home until 2:00 a.m.,” a resident of Festac Town who uses the road daily told Channels Television on Wednesday.
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FG Unveils Nigeria Air as New National Airline

The federal government through the Minister of State for Aviation, Senator Hadi Sirika, Wednesday revealed the branding and livery for new national flag carrier, Nigeria Air, due to be launched at the end of this year.

Sirika disclosed this at a press conference at the Farnborough Air Show in London, UK.

Sirika, in a statement by the Ministry’s Deputy Director, Media & Public Affairs, Mr. James Odaudu, in Abuja, noted that: “The ‘unveiling’ was attended by a cross section of the international press, Nigerian dignitaries, stakeholders, aircraft manufacturers, prospective investors and a Nigerian government delegation including S. Zakari, Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Transportation; Senator Adamu Aliero, Chairman, Senate Committee on Aviation; and Hon. Nkeiruka Onyejeocha, Chairperson, House Committee on Aviation, and included a short film showing an aircraft with the new Nigeria Air livery.

According to him, “I am very pleased to tell you that we are finally on track to launching a new national flag carrier for our country: Nigeria Air.

“We are all fully committed to fulfilling the campaign promise made by our President, Muhammadu Buhari in 2015.

We are aiming to launch Nigeria Air by the end of this year.” He said: “Following extensive market research, the branding of our new airline, Nigeria Air, demonstrates a true flag carrier of our nation, soaring through the skies in the shape of our nation’s eagle.”

(THISDAY)