- California governor, Gavin Newsom, has appointed Adetokunbo Omoishakin to head the California's department of transportation
- Adetokunbo before his appointment was the deputy commissioner for environment and planning for Tennessee transportation department
- The 36-year-old Nigerian has always advocated for safe mobility, especially biking, walking and other non-motorised forms
A Nigerian, Adetokunbo “Toks” Omishakin has been appointed by California governor, Gavin Newsom, as the new director of the state’s department of transportation.
The appointment was made on Tuesday, September 3, as he would be replacing acting director Bob Franzola.
The 36-year-old Nigerian has a Masters degree in urban and regional planning from Jackson State University and has for eight years served as the deputy commissioner for environment and planning at the Tennessee Department of Transportation.
Before his service at the Tennessee department of transportation, he worked as the director of healthy living initiative for three years in Nashville.
According to AsshToJounral, Adetokunbo has a been big supporter of safer biking, walking and advocate of non-motorised mobility.
He once said: “With half of all trips in the United States being three miles or less, good walking, biking and transit facilities are essential to the continued growth and success of our towns and cities
“If we want to get more people, especially novice riders, out and about on bikes we need more protected facilities.
“If we think just striping and paint are solutions, that will not happen - especially on roads, in urban environments, where the right turning movements by cars can be a big danger to pedestrians and bicyclists.”
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Meanwhile, Legit.ng earlier reported that Udak-Joe Ntuk, was another Nigerian that was appointed by the governor, where he would head the state's oil and gas supervisor, which will be responsible for managing the Division of Oil, Gas and Geothermal Resources (DOGGR).
DOGGR uses the power of science and sound engineering as a regulatory means to drilling and management of oil wells. It should be noted that the division is always concerned about the public and environment and the impact of oil activities impact them in California.
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