By; RAYMOND TEDUNJAYE, Lagos
A policy that will provide a framework within which transport infrastructure and services will be efficiently deployed in Lagos State has been unveiled.
According to the government, the policy, when eventually adopted will ensure the sector complies with international security and safety standards.
Transportation Commissioner, Ladi Lawanson, while unveiling the policy before relevant stakeholders, commend Governor Akinwunmi Ambode, for his commitment to the sector.
Lawanson, said the policy was the first in the history of the state, stressing that despite all government’s strides in promoting public transportation, there had never been a policy regulating the sector.
He said that the forum was to enable the team of consultants midwifing the document to collate opinions from other stakeholders.
“The document is in tandem with the government’s avowed commitment to continual improvement of the citizens’ welfare as it touches on other modes of transportation, hitherto, unfathomed into the state’s transportation subsector.
“Essentially, through the document, we shall seek to provide a framework within which transport infrastructure and services can be used efficiently.
“This will lead to a safe and environmentally friendly manner of operations capable of buoying the private sector’s confidence to invest in and improve upon,” he said.
The commissioner said the policy was the first in the history of the state and, indeed, the country.
He stressed despite all government’s strides in promoting public transportation, there had never been a policy regulating the sector.
Dean of the School of Transportation Studies, Lagos State University, Tajudeen Kayode, said the policy would, among others, establish an agency – Lagos Transport Authority (LTA), which would regulate all modes of transportation in the state.
Dean of the School of Transportation in LASU, Samuel Odewunmi, highlighted the institutional framework for the policy.
He said all the agencies operating within the transportation sector should be brought under one umbrella for maximum supervision, coordination and regulation.
Permanent Secretary of the ministry, Olufemi Salaam , said the policy was to complement the various initiatives being put together by the government to promote safe, and affordable public transportation.
Salaam said when fully in place, the policy would help promote safety of lives and properties across all the identified modes to which the government was committed to explore.
No fewer than 35 suggestions from 25 stakeholders would be included in the document.
Among such initiatives identified was the place of none motorised mode of transportation, improved access to public transportation by the aged and people living with disabilities.
It would also include how to enforce guidelines that would aim at sanitising the operations of commercial (yellow) buses and their operators, especially, the agbero (tout) system as well as motorcycles and tricycle operations in the state.