La­gos Traf­fic Ra­dio Launches Live R eport Mo­tor­cy­cles

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THE La­gos Traf­fic Ra­dio 96.1FM has launched a Pi­lot Scheme for Live Traf­fic Report sys­tem to aid Lagosians with in­for­ma­tion while com­mut­ing around the State.

The mo­tor­cy­cles would en­able the num­ber one traf­fic sta­tion in Nige­ria have on-the-spot re­port­ing of traf­fic sit­u­a­tions in the State.

Gbenga Omo­to­sho, La­gos com­mis­sioner for In­for­ma­tion and Strat­egy, who launched the mo­tor­cy­cles at the sta­tion’s of­fice in Ikeja, said the de­vel­op­ment rep­re­sented a sym­bol of creative think­ing of the agency. Ac­cord­ing to him, the State is mov­ing to­wards a trans­porta­tion sys­tem driven by tech­nol­ogy, while stat­ing that it is go­ing to play a key role in traf­fic man­age­ment across La­gos.

The com­mis­sioner stated that the Pi­lot Scheme was a key step to­wards us­ing tech­nol­ogy to rev­o­lu­tionise the man­age­ment of traf­fic in La­gos, adding that the prob­lems of traf­fic in the State, was a source of con­cern chal­leng­ing the cre­ativ­ity of the present ad­min­is­tra­tion.

Omo­to­sho said it was a fact that in­for­ma­tion was nec­es­sary to ef­fi­ciently com­mute in the State with­out be­ing stranded, speaks to the sig­nif­i­cance of the scheme.

In his words: “If you look at the T.H.E.M.E.S Agenda of the Baba­jide Sanwo-Olu ad­min­is­tra­tion, trans­porta­tion is a very big pil­lar and in fact the very first one, and be­cause it is the very first one, we are not jok­ing about it.

“We are look­ing for­ward to the day that we are go­ing to be re­port­ing from the skies. I am also look­ing for­ward to the day that ev­ery thing that we do about Trans­porta­tion is driven by tech­nol­ogy.

“It high time we got this kind of thing all over La­gos; the drone mon­i­tor­ing traf­fic and every­thing. All I want to as­sure you is that that first pil­lar of the T.H.E.M.E.S Agenda is so im­por­tant that what­ever idea any­one body brings that can ease trans­porta­tion in La­gos and make us look for­ward like all other big cities in the world, Mr. Gov­er­nor is ready to ac­cept such ideas.”

He said he was ex­cited be­cause of the sym­bol­ism of it all and be­cause of the cre­ativ­ity that this had brought.

“The sym­bol­ism of it is that they are not just sit­ting down there, they are think­ing about how to im­prove what they are do­ing.

“They are go­ing to fas­ten the move­ment of our Traf­fic Ra­dio of­fi­cials to ac­ci­dents and ev­ery other thing dis­turb­ing traf­fic, so that peo­ple can get ac­cu­rate in­for­ma­tion. There is noth­ing you spend on in­for­ma­tion man­age­ment and gath­er­ing that is too much.

“I see this as a first step. It will get to a stage that Traf­fic Ra­dio will ac­quire its own he­li­copter and get its of­fi­cers all over the place to do their job based on the fastest tech­nol­ogy.

In his open­ing ad­dress, Tayo Akanle, gen­eral man­ager, La­gos Traf­fic Ra­dio, said the ini­tia­tive was borne out of the oc­cur­rence of in­ci­dents on high­ways cou­pled with lit­tle or no com­pre­hen­sive live re­ports.

He said the pi­lot scheme was de­signed to change the travel ex­pe­ri­ence of com­muters as they usu­ally un­der-go har­row­ing ex­pe­ri­ences when­ever there was a ma­jor in­ci­dent on the road.

Akanle stated that the de­vel­op­ment would aid on-the-spot report of traf­fic sit­u­a­tion in the State, say­ing that pro­fes­sional, com­pre­hen­sive, real time and ac­cu­rate in­for­ma­tion would be shared through the ra­dio sta­tion and so­cial me­dia plat­form of the Agency.

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