Governor Akinwumi Ambode of Lagos State has asked the Federal Road Safety Corps to restrict their operations to highways and stay off state roads.
The governor also reiterated that the withdrawal of the Vehicles Inspection Officers (VIOS) from all Lagos roads was permanent.
According to Ambode, VIOs and FRSC contributed significantly to gridlock in the state, adding that his government would employ technology to track and monitor vehicle registration and MOT certifications.
Ambode disclosed this on Tuesday while inaugurating the pedestrian bridge, lay-by and slip road at Berger bus stop.
“The Vehicle Inspection Officers have been asked to stay off our roads permanently. We also advice the Federal Road Safety Corps to stay on the fringes and highways and not on the main streets of Lagos.
“It has become evident that these agencies contribute to the traffic challenges on our roads. We will employ technology to track and monitor vehicle registration and MOT certifications,” Ambode said.
Ambode’s statement overrides that of the state Commissioner for Transportation, Prince Olanrewaju Elegushi, and the Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Steve Ayorinde, whom last week said the VIO ban was temporary and that they only went for training to improve their services in line with global best practices.
In a related development, the Lagos State Government formally inaugurated the state-owned oil company, Ibile Oil and Gas Corporation (IOGC) on Monday, as a business arm of the state in the oil and gas industry.
While speaking at the formal inauguration of the company’s corporate head office in Lagos, Governor Ambode said the initiative was another giant step in the determination of the state to leverage on the recently acquired status of oil producing state in Nigeria.
Ambode said the company was set up to manage the downstream and upstream activities of the state and protect the interest of all stakeholders. He explained:
“Lagos State is at the threshold of witnessing a boost in economic growth and employment generation, given the evolving developments in its investment climate, particularly the oil and gas sector. The Dangote refinery, the largest in Africa and one of the biggest in the world, will soon come on stream at the Lekki Free Trade Zone (LFTZ).
“This multi-billion dollar investment will effectively complement the oil exploration activities of Yinka Petroleum and other oil exploration companies that will also operate in the Dahomey Basin in the future. This will complete the Lagos State oil and gas security tripod of exploration and logistics in the western axis, refining in the eastern axis and funding and exportation through the banks and the ports in the central axis.”
The governor said with the inauguration of the office complex, the Ibile Oil and Gas Corporation is being positioned to become a leading player in the oil and gas industry.
Ambode said his government was aware of the multiplier effects that a viable oil and gas industry would bring about in terms of investment opportunities that would be created in allied industries and sectors of the state economy.
This, according to the governor, has been the main driving force behind his commitment to developing strategies and policies that will continue to ease the process of doing business in the state.
Represented by the state Commissioner for Energy and Mineral Resources, Mr. Olawale Wasiu Oluwo, Ambode, added that “as a government, we are also not unmindful of the potential risks inherent in the oil and gas exploration industry in terms of oil spills, underwater aquatic contamination, gas flaring, community conflicts, youth restiveness, and health and safety issues.”
However, he noted that the state government is taking proactive measures and would soon commit substantial investment to prevent possible occurrence of these challenges.