Traffic difficulty being face by Commuters shuttling between Lagos and Ogun States will soon be a thing of the past as the Ogun State Government has said it will soon commence bus mass transit services to Lagos and major towns in the state.
The state governor, Dapo Abiodun, disclosed this while receiving reports on the transportation sector christened Abeokuta Urban Transport Policy from the Head, United Kingdom Prosperity Fund, Nigeria Office, Miss Martha Bostock and the Strategic Transport Intervention Plan for Ogun State.
The governor said that the bus mass transit was deliberately conceptualized to improve quality of life by reducing travel time, improving local air quality, curbing greenhouse gas emissions and preventing road fatalities and crashes.
He reiterated that the administration was poised towards achieving an effective multimodal transportation system, adding that the state government had embarked on various strategies in achieving effective transportation system by rehabilitating both urban and rural roads.
Abiodun further said that the flag-off of Ogun State Bus Mass Transit Scheme would commence in May, while light rail services would commence as soon as discussions were concluded with the Nigerian Railway Corporation (NRC) and Lagos State to take full advantage of rail infrastructure within Ogun for the development of the state.
The governor, who commended the committee for painstakingly carrying out its assignment towards the growth of the state transportation sector, promised that the government would ensure proper implementation of the report.
“I can assure you that we will implement the reports and will not leave them on the shelves to gather dust. I am convinced that the implementation would change the face of transportation in the state,” he stated.
Earlier, the state’s Commissioner for Transportation, Gbenga Dairo, expressed confidence in the reports of the committee and the partnership with United Kingdom Prosperity Fund, which he said, would facilitate considerable resource allocation and investment in the state transport sector.
Dairo said that Lagos Red Line from Oyingbo to Alagbado would be extended further into Ogun passing through Ijoko to Kajola/Ifo in Ado-Odo/Ota and Ifo local councils of the state.
He added that discussions with the NRC would not only connect the proposed cargo airport with the new Lagos to Ibadan rail and the proposed East-West line along Sagamu-Benin Expressway.
The line, according to Dairo, would berth new rail stations at Ijoko, Itori, Obada-Oko, Osiele and Odeda, while branch lines at Ijoko, Kajola and Papalanto would serve economic development zones in the state.
The commissioner said inter-state BRT services would be between Sagamu-Mowe and Lagos as well as Ota and Lagos, with park and ride services on the Mowe-Ibafo-Lagos corridor, while inter-city bus mass transit services would start with hub at Abeokuta, connecting services to Ijebu-Ode, Sagamu, Ilaro and Ota
Raping Of Minor: Baba Ijesha Case Worsen As Lagos Domestic And Sexual Violence Team Vow To Pursue Till End
According to source, the case has been taken over by the Lagos State Domestic And Sexual Violence Team, DSVRT, which has confirmed that the case file has been sent to the Directorate of Public Prosecution, DPP for legal advice.
The team also informed the public that it is in touch with the complainant with a view of providing the necessary support.
In the meantime, it has also been confirmed that four major charge of sexual assault are likely to be pressed against Baba Ijesha, one of which attracts life imprisonment, the charge of Sexual Assault by penetration contrary to Section 261 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015.
The second charge which is Attempted Sexual Assault by Penetration – Section 262 of the Criminal law is punishable by 14 years imprisonment.
The third one is Sexual Assault – Section 263 of the Criminal Law, punishable by 3 years imprisonment.
While the third charge is Indecent treatment of a child – Section 135 of the Criminal Law punishable by 7 years imprisonment.
A statement from the Agency reaffirmed confidence in the criminal justice system, as well as social support structures in Lagos State in ensuring justice is served in this matter and most importantly, it added that the survivor will receive the relevant support on her journey towards healing.
It also assure that the Lagos State Government’s position of zero tolerance to all forms of Sexual and Gender-Based Violence and firm commitment in ensuring justice for survivors.
The DSVRT statement read, “Re Baba Ijesha case. This is to inform members of the public that the Lagos State Domestic and Sexual Violence Team is actively following up on the Baba Ijesha’s case, we are also in direct contact with the complainant with a view to providing the necessary support.
“We confirm that the duplicate case file has been forwarded to the Directorate of Public Prosecution (DPP) for legal advice. For avoidance of doubt, the following allegations are being considered: (1) Sexual Assault by Penetration- S 261 of the Criminal law of Lagos State, 2015 punishable by Life imprisonment.
“Attempted Sexual Assault by Penetration-S262 of the Criminal law , punishable by 14 years imprisonment, Sexual Assault- S263 of the Criminal Law, punishable by 3 years imprisonment and Indecent treatment of a child- S135 of the Criminal Law punishable by 7 years imprisonment.
“We have absolute confidence in the criminal justice system, as well as social support structures in Lagos State in ensuring justice is served in this matter and most importantly, the survivor receives the relevant support on her journey towards healing.
“We therefore use this medium to reiterate Lagos State Government’s position of zero tolerance to all forms of Sexual and Gender-Based Violence and our firm commitment in ensuring justice for survivors”, the statement added.