12th June, 2013
The Lagos State Government, in its efforts at improving the efficiency level and service delivery of its staff, is set to procure hi-tech traffic software vehicles to move traffic and transport management from the present manual analogue to a more sophisticated and scientific-based mode.
Commissioner for Transportation, Comrade Kayode Opeifa disclosed this on Tuesday in Lagos, southwest Nigeria, at the opening ceremony of a one week training workshop on rescue and incidence management, traffic signalisation and synchronisation, road safety audit and hi-tech traffic management systems for professionals in the Lagos State Public Service.
Opeifa stated that the plan to procure these hi-tech traffic software vehicles necessitated the training of officers so as to equip them with necessary knowledge and skills to utilise the equipment.
He expressed the hope that participants would at the end of the training master the fundamentals of the various areas of hi-tech traffic and incidence management and other strategic related areas.
Lagos State Head of Service, Mr. Adesegun Ogunlewe said that the workshop provided a veritable platform for professionals to learn about best practices which were in conformity with acceptable global standard in some areas of core competence in traffic and traffic engineering.
Ogunlewe described the training as a step in the right direction as the government could now boast of informed professionals and institutions that would consistently seek to improve the process of service delivery, while not compromising standard and compliance.
Declaring the workshop open, the Commissioner for Establishment, Training and Pensions, Mrs. Florence Oguntuase, said public servants should understand the key policy thrust of the State Government in order to situate the relevance and importance of their services.
She charged the participants to absorb all the knowledge they could and subsequently put them to good use at their various duty posts to justify the investment of the government in improving their competences and capabilities.
The all inclusive workshop had participants drawn from Ministries, Departments and Agencies whose services directly or indirectly impact on public transportation, including students from the School of Transportation of the Lagos State University, Ojo.
The facilitators are from two world acclaimed Transport Engineering Consortium from the United States of America, Info Trans-Engineering Incorporated, New Jersey and Sam Schwartz Engineers, New York.
It is expected that the participants at the end of the workshop would be able to identify techniques and conduct Road Safety Audit, design effective traffic control plan and demonstrate detailed understanding of advanced incident management and rescue operations, among others.