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ODHA seeks review of transportation laws

By Josephine Oguntoyinbo

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The Ondo State House of Assembly has stressed the need to review transportation laws for safety of lives and seamless  system in the state.

Chairman, House Committee on Public Utilities and Transport, Stephen Abitogun stated this during a familiarization visit to the agency for Transport in Akure.

Abitogun who led other members of the committee to the agency, acknowledged that many drivers and motorcyclists popularly known  as Okada riders, knowingly violate traffic rules thereby endangering people’s lives .

While expressing worry over the activities of Okada riders in particular, Abitogun described their acts as potential accidents  stressing the need for training and certification in adherence to traffic regulations and  laws.

He, therefore, sought for the review of transport laws to regulate the activities of transport operators, noting that some major towns especially Akure, are getting populated on a daily basis.

Others emphasised the need for collaboration among all transport operators in the state to curb the barbaric and reckless driving including driving against traffic, saying life has no replacement.

Earlier, Special Adviser to the Governor on Transport, Tobi Ogunleye, who appreciated the committee for its visit, explained that traffic violations are often caused by  operators who have refused to be  trained at the Drivers and Riders’ Institution at Oba-Ile where they are also certified.

On budget performance and achievements, Ogunleye said the agency has surpassed  previous years with 290 percent, and  came up with a Passenger Insurance Policy and free diagnosis and testing of vehicle for drivers.

He,  however, solicited the support of the committee in reviewing the laws of the sector for safety of  lives.

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