FG TO BUILD TRUCK TRANSIT PARKS- TRANSPORT MINISTER

Worried by increasing accidents on the highways with attendant loss of lives and property involving articulated vehicles, the Federal Government has embarked on a program that will see all trucks on Nigerian highways designated to transit parks on the highway corridors. Already, transaction advisors have been advertised by the Nigeria Shippers Council (NSC), the promoter of the initiative, and investors will soon be prequalified. As part of efforts to make the Truck Transit Park happen, the NSC, in collaboration with the Federal Ministry of Transportation, held a two-day national summit…

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LAGOS IBADAN RAIL READY NEXT YEAR SAYS AMAECHI

THE Federal Government is committed to providing standard gauge rail service to Lagosians by the fourth quarter of 2018, Minister of Transportation Rotimi Amaechi has said. He spoke after assessing the project at Ijoko, in Ado Odo/Ota Local Government area of Ogun State. “We have said 2018 and that is a presidential directive. By December 2018, we want to see locomotives running from Lagos to Ibadan. We are committed to achieving this and the fund obtained from China Exim Bank is already on ground to ensure that nothing obstructs this…

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LAGOS BRT STAFF ON STRIKE AFTER RECENT INCREASE IN FARES

The staff (drivers and ticketers) of the blue BRT network in Lagos have embarked on a strike today (10/07/2017). The blue BRT covers the Ikorodu-TBS route with three categories of tickets that recently all had an increase range of 42-53% (#70 -> #100, #120 -> #200, #195 -> #300) effective as of March 1,2017. The cause of this strike remains unknown. Many commuters are stranded at bus stations and the alternative means of transport (Danfo buses) are having a busy day on the traffic-laden route.

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MOKWA BRIDGE COLLAPSE DIVERTS TRAILERS TO LOKOJA ABUJA ROAD WITH DEADLY EFFECTS

An accident scene where one person died on Wednesday morning at Gada Biyu village, on Abuja-Lokoja road Photo: Abubakar Sadiq Isah Following the collapse of the Mokwa-Jeba bridge, trailers have now returned to the ever busy Abuja-Lokoja highway. Our reporter, who has been monitoring traffic on the road, observed an increase in the volume of vehicles especially heavy trucks. Also noted is an increased rate of incidents mostly involving the articulated vehicles. The heavy trucks which used to ply the Mokwa-Jeba road to and from Lagos, now ply the Abuja-Lokoja…

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EKITI GOVERNOR , FAYOSE CAUSES STIR IN ABUJA WITH HIS VINTAGE BENZ, SEE PIX

The executive governor of Ekiti state, Mr. Ayodele Fayose caused quite a scene in traffic in the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja. The governor who was spotted in his vintage car – was hailed and praised by newspaper vendors and other road sellers who couldn’t contain their excitement on seeing him. Source; https://www.nationalhelm.co/2017/07/governor-fayose-causes-scene-vintage-car-abuja-traffic-photo.html

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ONLY 8 MILLION VEHICLES ON NIGERIAN ROADS ARE INSURED SAYS NIA

o Nike Popoola Only eight million vehicles out of the estimated 17 million on Nigerian roads have genuine insurance cover, according to the Nigerian Insurers Association. Figures obtained by our correspondent from the association indicated that the number of genuinely insured vehicles had risen from three million that was recorded in the Nigerian Insurance Industry Database in 2015. “The NIID system has captured over eight million motor insurance certificates in its six years’ of operation. The NIID has run consistently without hitch in the last 12 months,” the Acting Director-General,…

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FRSC SENDS OVER 80 TRAFFIC OFFENDERS TO PSYCHIATRY HOSPITAL FOR TESTS

The Federal Road Safety Corps has sent 80 persons to mental health facilities for various traffic offences, as traffic marshals commence pilot exercise for new road safety enforcement policy. Bisi Kazeem, the commission’s spokesperson, told PREMIUM TIMES in a chat on Sunday afternoon that the offenders were arrested between Saturday and Sunday. The new policy kicked off on July 1. The 80 persons were arrested for 86 offences which ranged from driving without seatbelts to making phone calls while driving, Mr. Kazeem said. On Saturday, Boboye Oyeyemi, the Corps Marshal…

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AMEACHI AND EL-RUFAI COMMISSIONS THE KADUNA INLAND DRY PORT,SEE PICS

A former governor of Rivers state, Rotimi Amaechi, on Tuesday, Commissioned the Kaduna Inland dry port in the company of the state governor, Nasir El-rufai. Speaking at the event, Governor El-Rufai mentioned that Kaduna is Nigeria’s largest producer of maize, ginger and soya beans, and second in tomato. He added that the dry Port will, therefore, boost Economic Activities in the state and create jobs. The Kaduna Inland Dry Port will allow importers and exporters in and around Northern Nigeria to import & export directly into and from Kaduna. The ES, Nigerian…

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DANGOTE GROUP HANDS OVER ITS DRIVERS CARRYING CONTRABAND WITH COMPANY TRUCK TO CUSTOMS

The transport section of Dangote Cement, Ibese Plant, Ogun State, has intercepted one of the company’s trucks loaded with contraband in Ibadan, Oyo State, arrested its drivers and handed them over to the Nigerian Customs Service (NCS). The arrest was effected by a team of the company’s security personnel led by its Chief Security Officer who acted on an intelligence report on alleged misconduct by some of its drivers. While handing over the drivers and their motor-boy to the NCS, the Assistant General Manager in charge of Security Services, Ali…

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TRAFFIC OFFENCES: PSYCHIATRISTS FAUKT USE OF PSYCHOLOGISTS BY FRSC

SUNDAY ABORISADE, ADELANI ADEPEGBA and TOBI AWORINDE Psychiatrists in Nigeria have faulted the decision of the Federal Road Safety Commission to send motorists arrested for chronic traffic offences to psychologists in teaching hospitals for mental evaluation. Already the  FRSC said it is consulting with teaching and specialist hospitals which would handle the mental evaluation of traffic offenders scheduled to commence on July 1. The corps clarified that the examination of traffic violators would not be handled by psychiatric hospitals but by certified government hospitals across the country. The Corps Education…

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