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.


Transportation, Livewire of Cities – President Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday inaugurated the Abuja Light Rail Project and commended the Chinese Government for its investment in Nigeria’s economy.

During the inauguration at Abuja Metro Station, the president said the accomplishment of the project demonstrated his administration’s commitment to addressing critical infrastructure needs in the country.

He said the exercise also demonstrated the administration’s determination to ensure prudence in the management of public resources, value for money considering the huge investments in the project in keeping with the ideals of its Change Agenda.

Buhari said transportation was the livewire of any city and expressed optimism that the inaugurated of the project would bring about a boost to the economy of Federal Capital Territory (FCT) and enhance social life.

“I am aware that what we have on ground today are coaches meant to provide skeletal services as we await the main set of the rolling stock for full operations,’’ he said.

Buhari said he had been briefed on the outcome of the recent visit of the ministers of FCT and Finance visit to China during which agreements for the procurement of the main rolling stock were signed.

The president assured Nigerians of the Federal Government’s continued support for all the negotiations toward the realisation of the Abuja Light Rail system.


Car Maintenance Tips For a Smooth Road Trip

If you travel often with your car, whether for leisure or for business, it must always be in top shape. This is to avoid mechanical issues during your trip. If this happens, you have already ruined your travel. At this point, it is important to be aware of how to maintain your car for a smooth and exciting road trip. Jumia Travel, the leading online booking agency shares some of these car care hacks.

Know your car

The best time to understand your car is when everything is going as it should, before your travels. It’s essential to know what all the parts look, sound, and perform like when they are operating correctly. Where do the fluids go and why, and what happens if the fluids aren’t there?

Don’t leave home without the owner’s manual

Every car comes with an owner’s manual. The owner’s manual will offer recommended maintenance schedules and specifications for all parts of your car. It will also tell you about those fluids (antifreeze, power steering fluid and, coolant) and the right amounts and what to look for.

Periodic physical inspection

Do not wait until your car breaks down before you perform a visual inspection. A quick walk-around your car from time to time is always a good idea. You should look in the car as well as under the car. You find a leak and this can be a signal that something is wrong.

Regular oil replacement

Oil changes are important for optimal engine performance. Endeavour to follow the suggestions of the manufacturer on the type of oil and frequency recommended for changing the oil. If you aren’t sure on the timing, you can also visually inspect it yourself.

Know what to leave to experts

Unless you are a car guru, then you are strongly advised to leave some maintenance items to the experts. This includes changing the oil, replacing the spark plugs, checking the brakes, and getting your tires rotated, balanced, and aligned. These experts have the tools, the facilities, and the knowledge to complete these tasks quickly and efficiently.


FG to Close Third Mainland Bridge for Repairs

The Federal Controller of Works in Lagos, Mr Adedamola Kuti, said on Tuesday that consultations had begun for the closure of the Third Mainland Bridge for repairs.

Kuti said that the ministry of works was going to hold a meeting with stakeholders tomorrow to discuss how to manage traffic during the repairs.

He, however, did not specify the exact date the bridge would be closed to traffic or how long the repairs would last.

According to him, stakeholders attending the meeting to discuss the repairs include traffic regulatory agencies, transport unions, truck owners and drivers’ unions, law enforcement agents, among others.

“The Federal Executive Council has approved the maintenance work on the Third Mainland Bridge in Lagos State.

“The project has taken off already and in carrying out the work, we may at certain times be shutting down the bridge for maintenance.

“At the moment we may begin with tests on the bridge, so, we may shut it by 12 midnight on Thursday and carry out tests and some repairs and open it to traffic by midnight on Sunday.’’


Niger Government to spend N2bn on motorcycles for teachers

*Niger Government to spend N2bn on motorcycles for teachers*

The Niger government on Friday said it would spend over N2 billion on procurement of motorcycles for 10,000 primary and junior secondary school teachers, to facilitate their movement to hard-to-reach areas in the state.

Hajiya Fatima Madugu, the state Commissioners of Education, said during a media briefing in Minna that Gov. Abubakar Bello gave the approval during the weekly executive council meeting.

She explained that the N2 billion was a loan obtained from the United Bank for Africa (UBA) by Niger State Universal Basic Education (N-SUBEB) to be used for procurement of motorcycles for the beneficiary teachers.

Madugu said that each teacher would be given a motorcycle loan of over N200,000 at interest of 21 per cent, payable within 18 months.

“All arrangements have been concluded and disbursement will commence soon.

The motorcycles are to make movement easier for teachers to have access to hard-to-reach areas.

“The selection was carefully done. Teachers who are already indebted to banks are not among the beneficiaries,” she said.


Osinbajo Says Focus On Vehicle Re-financing Will Boost Automotive Industry

The Vice President stated this on Tuesday when he received a delegation of International Automotive Investors comprising Original Equipment Manufacturers and other stakeholders at the Presidential Villa in Abuja.

“I think that is an area where we really need to focus our attention on.

“It is the most critical component that the implementation of the new policy will look at. And am sure that both the Ministry of Finance and others will be keen in discussing with the group on how this can be addressed.

“This is the conversation that has always been back and forth but I think we should be able to get it right this time,” he said, according to a statement signed by his spokesperson, Mr Laolu Akande.

The Vice President added that stakeholders need to form formidable working groups that would deliberate and come up with a seamless implementation approach that would address challenges in critical components of the automotive sector.


Buhari to inaugurate Abuja-Kaduna rail line in July

President Muhammadu Buhari will next month (July) signal the commencement of interstate railway services on the $1bn Abuja-Kaduna rail line project, the Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, has said.

According to him, the rail line is set to commence operations, which is why it has to be on trial-run.

But he noted  that some little tasks, like having the rail line fenced on both sides from the beginning to the end had not been completed.

Amaechi, who disclosed this on Wednesday during the official trial run of the rail modernisation project, which connects Abuja and Kaduna State, said, “As for this rail transport, we are good to go.

The reason why we are not letting it start now is the fact that we have to consider the religious obligation of the President. But we are looking at the first week of July, because we are good to go.

“In two weeks from now, they (contractors) will put the tracks on trial run without carrying passengers.

In another two weeks, they will test-run it with passengers free of charge, and that will take us till the last week of June.


FG Concessions Rail Lines to GE, Multinational to Invest over $2.2bn

The Federal Government Wednesday handed over the letter of award appointing General Electric (GE) as the concessionaire for two narrow gauge rail lines in the country, after the company’s emergence as the preferred bidder for concessions.

The concession will see the U.S. multinational invest in excess of $2.2 billion in the two major narrow gauge rail lines that traverse several sections of the country.

The ceremony, which took place in the Ministry of Transportation, Abuja, marked the formal concession of the rail lines to GE for investment and operation.

The letter of award was handed over to the President/CEO of GE Transportation, Jamie Miller by the permanent secretary in the ministry, Alhaji Sabiu Zakari, who represented the Minister of Transportation, Mr. Rotimi Amaechi.

According to Miller, “Today we are pleased to accept the letter of award as the preferred bidder for the narrow gauge rails in Nigeria.

“GE, with its partners, is committed to working on this project. GE and its partners will work with the federal government to work through a concession process to bring Nigeria’s railway operations to life.


Airport Road, Oshodi Interchange To Be Ready In Dec – Ambode

Lagos State Governor Akinwunmi Ambode has assured residents of the state that the ongoing reconstruction of the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Ikeja, road and the Oshodi interchange will be completed by December 2018.

Ambode gave the assurance at the on-the-spot assessments he carried out on some of the ongoing projects being executed by his administration.

According to the governor, the need for quick completion of the road had become imperative in view of its strategic location as an entry point into Lagos city in particular, and Nigeria in general.

“We just saw the progress of work being done on the Airport Road and I will like to appeal to all Lagos residents that they should bear with us.

As much as possible, we will try to reduce the stress this might generate by completing it and the Oshodi interchange by December end. These we hope to present to Lagos residents as Christmas gifts,” Ambode said.


Nigeria: Turning Trains to Moving Billboards

With the gradual revamp of the rail transportation system in Nigeria, advertisers are beginning to see the platform as another viable way to reach their target audience.

Though with humble beginning traced to 1928, when UAC established what is today known as Lintas, to provide marketing services to the activities of the colonial masters, advertising in Nigeria has since evolved and given birth to various platforms. In the early years, the only viable platform was the outdoor, followed by print and television commercials. Few years ago, bus branding crept in and got instant acceptability. With the revolution of the digital media, the out-of-home sub sector blossomed with many agencies introducing digital platforms and LCD, which has today become a major innovative platform for brands that want to remain relevant.

However, between 2011 and 2015, the regime of former President Goodluck Jonathan began to invest in rail system as a solution to perennial transportation challenges facing the country.

Also, on assumption of office, President Muhammadu Buhari, started from where his predecessor ended it and completed the first phase of the project.

Today, Abuja-Kaduna and Lagos-Ibadan have been opened up for services, while the rail system within Lagos metropolis and Lagos -Abuja-Kano routes have been rejuvenated.

With this development, Nigerian out-of-home advertising community has woken up to the need to key into the new regime and create a credible alternative to brand owners and businesses. At the moment, a Digital & Transit Media company – TranXeon, based in Lagos is in the forefront of the new advertising revolution. The agency is not only exploring the opportunities in Train Branding Advertising Services, it is also making a clarion call to business owners to embrace the platform.

In an interview with THISDAY, the Chief Operations Officer at TranXeon, Ayo Egunjobi, called on advertisers to take a cue from what is obtainable in India, Britain and other advanced countries where Metro Train Advertising Service has become a platform to beat. Among other services, he said his company offers exterior branding services, mobile vans advertisement services, metro Train Advertising service and much more.

“Train station advertising opportunities exist across many stations across the world. Due to the incredibly high dwell time, rail advertising delivers high engagement, and high impact advertising to a more receptive a captive commuter audience.

“From complete station domination, through to the rail platform advertising, train internals and train externals, whether is it static or digital billboard advertising rail offers excellent advertising Return on Investment,” he said.

(All Africa)