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ODSG moves to achieve effective transport mgt

ODSG moves to achieve effective transport mgt

By Femi Atolagbe
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In a renewed effort to reposition and ensure effective  traffic management in Ondo State, the government has entered into partnership with Ondo Investment Fund company to manage the transportation system in the state .

The Special Adviser to the Governor on Transport, Mr Tobi Ogunleye during a briefing in his office in Akure, yesterday said the ministry has discovered over the years that there were difficulties in having effective and result oriented traffic enforcement in the state.

He said, “not because the ministry didn’t have enough personnel but lacks some basic facilities to carry out its duty effectively”.

The Special Adviser stressed that in order to find a way of repositioning the ministry’s operation, they decided to go into Public Private Partnership (PPP) as approved by the state government.

According to him, “the 2017 executive order that proscribed the blockage of streets for parking and social activities still stands, with the new project tagged ‘Ondo Easy Drive’ come to effect from today, our officer will come out in full force to enforce the law”.

Ogunleye noted that the partnership will create employment for hundreds of youths by joining the Sunshine Traffic Control Officers  also known as ‘Takun Takun’,  noting that the officers will be equipped with all the gadgets needed to aid their jobs.

“There will be provision of prerequisite  road marking, towing vehicles, operational bikes that will make their job more effective . The “Ondo Easy Drive “operation will be extended beyond normal civil service hour and to the weekends.

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“The new partnership will live above sentiment and it will also reduce undue pressure on me because the investor will  be just and be fair to all”.

He therefore urged the commercial taxi motorists to make use of the dedicated lane provided for them, saying henceforth any  offenders will be arrested and prosecuted according to the law.

He frowned  at the indiscriminate trading on the main road urging traders  to desist from any trading that will violate traffic laws in the state.

The manager of the partnering company, (Ondo Investment Fund), Mr Jimmy Dabomi said his company is in partnership with the Ministry of Transport to rehabilitate all the existing motor parks in the state.

He added that they will also create new motor parks with roads marks, there will be on parks and off parks, saying the enforcement will be a departure from the past.

“Our officers will be working round the clock to ensure there is peace and  tranquility around Akure metropolis, in the next few weeks our operation will be extended to Ore and other major towns in the state,” he said.

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