By Olasunkanmi Akoni
LAGOS â€”Â ASSOCIATION of Tippers and Quarry Owners of Nigeria (ATQON), Lagos State chapter, has appealed to the Lagos State government to consider the association in the disbursement of $100 million grant from the French Government to the state in the efforts to transform public transportation system in the state.
Patron of the association, Chief Rasheed Gbadamosi, made the appeal at a one-day seminar organised by the state Ministry of Transportation in collaboration with the ATQON, themed: â€œSanitising the tipper industry towards safe driving attitude on Lagos roads.â€
Speaking at the event at Alausa, Ikeja, Gbadamosi urged Governor Babatunde Fashola to consider the extension of his administrationâ€™sÂ assistance towards the acquisition of new tipper lorries by their members, adding that he should apply the same wisdom he used in the new Taxi Cab Scheme possible to ATQON.
His words: â€œWe desire governmentâ€™s consideration in the transformation of public transportation sector. Our members contribute valuable logistic support to the construction industry in Lagos State .
â€œIt is our sincere appeal to the government to consider allocating about 10 percent of the $100 million French fund to finance the acquisition of new tipper lorries,â€ he said.
If granted, Gbadamosi said, it would guarantee creation ofÂ over 1,000 new job opportunities in the sector as well as reduce the incidence of broken down or distressed tipper lorries on Lagos roads.