TRASMIN launches new social intervention program (IFBI).

Travellers Sensitization and Mediation initiative had on the 28th March launched a social intervention program called Ibom food bank Initiative (IFBI). IFBI was inspired by the total lockdown of Covid-19 in AkwaIbom State.

In the words of the CEO of TRASMIN, IFBI the social intervention programme of TRASMIN was critical in supporting families who must have lost their daily means of livelihood as a result of the pandemic induced lockdown, with basic food items and needs in order to ensure their compliance to the stay home order of Akwaibom state government.

TRASMIN solicited for public donations of non-perishable food items and cash from well to do and well meaning AkwaIbomites within the State, country and in diaspora. Cash donations were employed in purchasing and distributing relieve materials to the most vulnerable in AkwaIbom State, to help cushion the effect of the COVID-19 pandemic.

FRSC Releases 5 Ambulances for Emergency Response Services

The Corps Marshal, Federal Road Safety Corps, Dr Boboye Oyeyemi has approved the release of 5 basic life support ambulances together with teams of medical personnel of the Corps and 30 active Close User Group lines, to the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 as part of its commitment towards facilitating the prompt evacuation of Coronavirus victims from point of identification to isolation centres.

In a statement by Bisi Kazeem, the Corps Public Education Officer, the approval came shortly after the request was presented to the Corps by the Country Director, United Nations Decade of Action on Road Safety and Traffic Injury Prevention in Nigeria and the Coordinator, Ambulance and Emergency Response Unit of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19, Dr Sydney Ibeanusi on Friday at the National Headquarters of the Commission.

According to Kazeem, Dr Sydney who presented the request on behalf of the PTF noted among others that FRSC has always been at the forefront of national commitment and at this moment of global emergency, the PTF seeks to further the existing collaboration with the Corps in the area of emergency response services in a bid to enhance established collective efforts geared towards combating the dreaded virus.

Dr Sydney also stated that the need to activate the ambulance service system has become grossly consequential at this time that records have shown a consistent rise in the number of infected persons in the country which is already less than two dozens away from a thousand cases.

He noted that irrespective of the fact that other agencies have also donated a number of ambulances for the said programme, the need for more cannot be overemphasised. He assured the Corps that the personnel detailed on this assignment will be fully catered for with adequate personal protective equipment and accommodation.

The detailed FRSC health workers will be first subjected to intense training on personal protection, handline of victims and decontamination of the vehicle among others. They are to work for 2 weeks, after which they will be subjected to 2weeks isolation by the PTF in designated centres and certified negative before they can be allowed to reunite with their families and report back to duty.

The Corps Marshal while reiterating the commitment of the Corps to the fight against COVID-19 in the country said that the Corps will always be readily available to offer the services of both personnel and its operational tools to support the Presidential Task Force in conquering the dreaded unseen enemy.

Culled from Transport Day

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.

(THIS DAY)

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.

(TODAY NIGERIA)

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.

(TODAY NIGERIA)

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.”

(TODAY NIGERIA)

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.

(THE GUARDIAN)