- The Lagos state government said it will roll out a new mass transport initiative tagged First Mile and Last Mile mobility solution in July
- According to the state's transport commissioner, Frederick Oladeinde, the new initiative is meant to replace Okada and tricycle
- Oladeinde explained that Okada and tricycle are not part of the state’s transport architecture, adding that they constitute nuisance on the roads and cause a high rate of accidents and crimes
After banning Okada and tricycle in some major roads in Lagos, the state government said it will soon introduce what it describes as First Mile and Last Mile (FMLM) mobility solution.
The state's commissioner for transportation, Frederick Oladeinde, made this known on Wednesday, May 27, during the 2020 ministerial press briefing at the JJT Park, Alausa, Ikeja, The Nation reports.
Legit.ng gathers that Oladehinde said the new bus mass transport initiative "will be rolled out in the next two months", which is about July 2020.
The commissioner explained that Okada and tricycle are not part of the state’s transport architecture, reiterating that they constitute nuisance on the roads and cause a high rate of accidents and crimes.
“We have identified 285 last-mile routes within the seven bus reform initiative zones across Lagos. We have developed bus specifications and shared same with potential bus manufacturers. We expect these to be rolled out in the next two months,” Oladeinde said.’
He also noted that the Lagos state government has inaugurated 37 roads and carried out repairs and rehabilitation of more than 354 others.
Oladehinde added that ongoing and uncompleted projects inherited from past administrations would be completed to improve the living standard of Lagosians.
In a related development, the Lagos state government has announced the partial closure of Marine Beach Bridge by Total Gas, inwards Apapa for five months.
The closure which is effective from Wednesday, May 27, to Wednesday, October 21, is for repair work which will ensure a seamless transportation system across the metropolis.
This is contained in a statement issued on Sunday, May 24, by the Lagos commissioner for transportation.
The commissioner said that the planned repairs on the bridge by the Federal Ministry of Works are vital to the safety of the people of Lagos.
He explained that necessary repair works have already been carried out on all alternative routes around the construction site, making them motorable to ease motorists' movement during the construction period.
Oladeinde averred that the exercise, which will entail bearing and expansion joint replacement is planned for two phases, with each phase focusing on one lane of the Bridge at a time.
He disclosed that adequate arrangements have been put in place to ensure that traffic within the axis is effectively managed during the construction period.
The commissioner noted that the officers of the Lagos State Traffic Management Authority and other state law enforcement agencies will be deployed to the axis to ameliorate inconveniences that might arise from the closure.
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