Lagos Traffic Radio lauded for driving Smart City project

By Abimbola Mohammed

Lagos Traffic Radio has been lauded for 10 years of driving social change in the commuting public.  This was the thrust of the opening remarks and speech by Babatunde Fashola (SAN), Honorable Minister for Works and Housing, and former Governor of Lagos, and the incumbent,  Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu at the 10th anniversary Colloquium of Traffic Radio Lagos themed “Integrated Transport System as a Lifeline for Economic Growth” and held D’ Podium international Event Centre.

In his opening remarks,  Babatunde Fashola (SAN),  who was represented by Mr. Akeem Bello, said he was happy to be part of the event for several reasons; the first being to celebrate Lagos Traffic Radio for operating with deep impact for ten years and still waxing strong and secondly, to share his thoughts on the important theme of this year’s annual colloquium which is ‘Integrated Transport System as a Lifeline For Economic Growth’.

“As a seed sown in 2012, early in the second tenure of my Team and I, Lagos Traffic Radio has in the last ten years taken some giant strides which have enabled it to accomplish the major objectives of its establishment and the achievements are, indeed, many. The major one, of course, is that it has become a public service information center for commuters in Lagos, helping them plan their journey with the aid of advance information about the traffic situation in different parts of the State.”

He also commanded the GM, Lagos Traffic Radio, and the entire team to work tirelessly to give the people first-hand information and reportage of traffic situations on the road, rail, water, and air for ten years.

Speaking in the same vein, the Governor of Lagos state represented by Mr. Gbenga Omotosho expressed his appreciation for his predecessor whose administration conceived and gave birth to Lagos Traffic Radio 10 years ago. He said the Radio has greatly impacted peoples’ lives and even the economy at large. He noted that there is a significant correlation between Lagos Traffic radio and Lagos State.

His words: “The establishment of a radio station that is dedicated to giving information about traffic situations to enable people to plan their journeys in a Mega-City like ours is a noble idea and has made a great impact on people’s life and the economy. There is a significant correlation between Traffic Radio and Lagos state as an entity, Traffic Radio has been there for over ten years, and for you to keep a media organisation together for ten years in Nigeria is a herculean task.

“Lagos Traffic Radio is not all about giving real traffic advice but has done remarkably well in enlightening, educating, and entertaining the people about topic issues, including programmes and activities through daily programmes, like Inside Mirror, and opinion which has helped the government to take prompt action.”

He added that the theme of the event is apt as it speaks directly to the goal Lagos state has been working hard to achieve under the traffic management and transportation pillar of the government’s agenda to transform the transportation sector through intermodal transport systems that are efficient, safe and comfortable.

“I commend Lagos Traffic Radio for its relentless efforts in providing traffic updates to the Motorists and also for being a Leader in its Capacity.”

Dr. Frederic Oladeinde, Commissioner for Transportation, reaffirmed the commitment of the state government to the implementation of integrated multimodal transportation featuring rail, road, air, and water modes of efficiently moving residents from one spot to another in their daily activities.

Oladeinde reiterated that the goal of the government is to synchronise all modes of transportation to reduce travel time in a safe and affordable way for the citizenry.

He added that the administration has remained resolute in completing the existing mass transit line projects to cater to the growing population. He also assured that innovations, such as the Cowry Card were created to synergise connectivity of the modes via centralised payment to simplify access to all mode intervention and harness economic advantage.

Addressing issues surrounding safety, and security, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Information and Strategy, Olusina Thorpe representing the Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Gbenga Omotoso said the technology will be leveraged to improve the activities of Lagos transportation.

The high octane event was attended by the ‘Who is Who in Lagos including the representatives of Babatunde Raji Fashola Fashola, Honorable Minister for Works and Housing, and Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu, Governor of Lagos state, Dr. Kadri Obafemi Hamzat, Deputy Governor, Lagos State,  RT. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa, Speaker Lagos State House of Assembly, Mrs. Folashade Jaji, Mr. Hakeem Muri-Okunola, Head of Service, Mr. Tayo Ayinde, Chief of Staff, Mr. Gbenga Omotoso, Dr. Frederic Oladeinde, Commissioner for Transport, Mr. Olusina Thorpe, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Information and Strategy, Lagos State,  Royal Highness Abdulwasiu Omogbolahan Lawal, Commissioner of Information and Strategy, Lagos state as the Host, and panelist are Prof. Bamidele Abiona Badejo, Engr. (Mrs.) Abimbola Akinajo, Mrs. Mfon Ekong, and Dr. Gabriel Olowo.

Mr. Tayo Akanle, General Manager, Traffic Radio in his vote of thanks appreciated the Lagos State Governor, Minister for Works and Housing, Head of Agencies and Management among others for participating in the 10th Anniversary Colloquium.




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