Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode has expressed his determination to mitigate the high level of road carnage which has resulted in loss of 416 lives lost and 2, 498 injured in the last year on Lagos roads as he commissioned the Ojodu computerized Vehicle Inspection Centre.
The Centre one of the 57 to be built in all the Local Governments and Local Council Development Areas in the state is to address the issues of the State of vehicles on the roads and determine the road worthiness of such vehicles.
Speaking at the event the Governor represented by the Acting Commissioner for Transportation, Prince Olanrewaju Elegushi stated that Lagos State being the fattest growing megacity in Africa has come to a stage where the establishment of the computerized vehicle inspection centre in very necessary to enhance the inspection of vehicles both private and commercial in line with international best practices.
He stated that the State Government will continue to innovate and create a platform for opportunities and accomplishments in discharging its responsibilities of protecting lives and properties.
Describing the Centre’s commissioning as the end of an era of subjective testing of vehicles, the Commissioner noted that the State is determined to join the League of Nations committed to the UN Decade of Action which targets global reduction of carnage by 35%.
Stating that crash statistics is too high, he observed that the State Government investment and partnership with the Lagos Computerized Vehicle Inspection Services Limited (LACVIS) is designed to reduce carnage.
While reiterating his commitment to a promise of a safe, secured, reliable and efficient transport system, the Commissioner said the Centre will enhance a faultless and human error proof system of certifying vehicles.
He urged citizens to embrace the opportunity and effectively check their vehicles and obtain necessary licenses and certification at the Centre. He highlighted services to be provided to include emission testing, beam system, brake and suspension system and the body.
Elegushi added that it is the responsibility of vehicle owners to at all times maintain their vehicles as stated in the Road Traffic Law 2012.
In his remarks, the Sector Commander, Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) represented, Mr. Olalekan Morakinyo praised the State Government for removing subjectivity from vehicle testing to objectivity. He added that minimizing hazard and determining the state of vehicles will go a long way to reduce carnage.
He promised that the FRSC will continue to partner with the Vehicle Inspection Services (VIS) to promote the use of the Centre. He urged the State Government to ensure the sustainability of the project.
He urged other States emulate Lagos by setting up such facilities in their states to curb road accidents.
Presenting the project, the Managing Director of LACVIS, Mr. Segun Obayendo observed that in approving the project, the State Governor had demonstrated courage and respect for good ideas. He urged Nigerians to do the right things by taking positive actions that saves lives.
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