The Lagos State Ministry of Transportation has organised a management retreat for staffers with a charge to stay driven and passionate in the drive to deliver an Integrated Multi-Modal Transport System in Lagos towards achieving the set goals of the State Government.
The Commissioner for Transportation, Dr. Frederic Oladeinde, gave the charge in his address at the retreat themed ‘Synergising the Transport Sector to Achieve the Transport Vision’, noting that since transportation serves as the engine of every economy and touches every aspect of life, there must be synergy in the transport policies of the State.
Oladeinde further stressed that the role of the Ministry, solely aimed at developing a sustainable transport system that can convey people en masse, is hinged on policies that will guide the State in the next 100 years and impact the economy of the State.
The Commissioner said, “The State Government is regulating the e-call up system for the first time in 14 years by the Transport Operations Department, adding that the Ministry would also roll out some projects inclusive of another round of Junction Improvement works from the 60 already identified gridlock points in the State”.
Earlier, the Special Adviser to the Governor on Transportation, Oluwatoyin Fayinka, noted that the human factor is responsible for the traffic woes of the State and called on all and sundry to continue to obey traffic laws and regulations.
In his opening address, the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry, Mr. Kamar Olowoshago, expressed his satisfaction on the level of intellectual involvement of the management staff at the retreat, calling for synergy among the various Agencies and Departments for increased productivity.
Olowoshago urged the participants to take advantage of the retreat to reflect on past achievements and strategise for the future in order to leave a lasting legacy in the transport sector with commitment to deliver the T.H.E.M.E.S development Agenda of the State Government.
In his session, Transport Expert and Lead Facilitator, Mr. Olusiji Aina, reiterated the need to embrace technology in providing lasting solutions to the challenges in the transport sector, noting that those who discard technology would find technology working against them.
Other Facilitators at the Retreat included Mr. Adeboye Ajakaiye, who delivered a paper on the ‘Dynamics of Transformation of Transportation of the State’, with focus on past attempts at finding solutions to Public Transportation, the present situation and future plans, while Shayo Imologome, an international resource person of repute, maintained that goal setting was key to achieving a SMART transport system for the State.