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Lagos Govt rehabilitates 28 roundabouts within two years, to solve traffic congestion — Commissioner

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In the first two years of Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu’s administration, Lagos State Government says it is currently rehabilitating 60 major roundabouts across different metropolitan areas across the state, out of which 28 have already been rehabilitated.

The Commissioner for Transportation, Frederic Oladeinde, made the declaration in Ikeja, during the Ministerial Briefing to mark the two-year tenure of the present government.

Olasehinde said that the roundabouts were rehabilitated to reduce traffic congestion in the state.

He said that rehabilitation of 22 junctions was ongoing while 10 junctions were at the concept stage for improvement.

The commissioner said that the government had acquired 31 hectares of land for the Bola Ahmed Tinubu truck park in collaboration with the Management of the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA).

He said that the government had set up Apapa Special Traffic Management and Compliance Enforcement Team to be headed by Toying Fayinka, Special Adviser to the Governor on Transportation, to restore sanity and socio-economic prosperity to Apapa and environs.

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Oladeinde said that the truck park would be handed over to the concessioner after completion for effective reduction of traffic along the Apapa-Wharf corridor.

“Efficient Traffic Management and Transportation have remained crucial to achieving success in the T.H.E.M.E.S Six pillar development agenda of the administration of Babajide Sanwo-Olu.

“To achieve a safe, reliable, effective, and efficient Integrated Multi-Modal Transportation System for an emerging Smart City of over 22 million people, it is expected that a lot of reforms in the transport sector will be required to meet up with some emerging challenges.

Oladeinde said that the government had completed the ongoing strategic transport projects (Rail, Water, Road).

He said that the government had accelerated and implemented the Multi-Modal Transport System, which integrated rail, eater, and road modes as specified in the Lagos State Strategic Transport Master Plan.

The commissioner said that the ministry had also increased the number of Computerised Vehicle Inspection Centre from 10 to 17, where adequate roadworthy exercises were conducted.

He said that the ministry had also completed over 100 kilometres of road to improve road safety and enforce road discipline.

Oladeinde said that the state had also completed the construction of Bus Rapid Transit at Oyingbo terminal, while the number of regulated routes had increased from seven to over 60.

He said that the Lagos State Government had also procured 300 buses for the First and Last Mile Buses (FMLM) initiative for the redeployment of the first phase, which would be launched in May 2021.

The commissioner said that the state had secured funds to complete Blue Line Rail Mass from Mile 2 to Marina which had reached 93 percent completion.

He said that the ministry had been able to construct and rehabilitate 16 jetties terminals across the state.

Oladeinde, however, said that the listed above reforms were to promote an integrated transport system that would give options to citizens and improve the seamless movement of goods and persons.