By Olasunkanmi Akoni
Governor Babatunde Fashola of Lagos State has assured Lagos residents that the newly completed drivers institutes situated across five divisions in the state will create jobs for about 1,000 people.
Fashola while unveiling the Ikeja institute Thursday said the development represented a fulfilment of a promised and the performance of a social contract on one hand and an investment in the improvement of the quality of lives of the people.
His words: â€œDuring the elections and many debates that I participated in, transportation was a major concern of our people and I promised that if given the opportunity, our party, the Action Congress, had the best solutions to address these challenges from a quick implementation of multi-modal solutions of the Bus Rapid Transit (BRT), ferry services, rail and efficient management of road network through the Lagos State Transport Management Authority (LASTMA) and a public driver education programme.â€
The governor said as the government continued to aggressively construct new roads throughout the state and systematically enhanced the state traffic management capacity, â€œwe recognised the need for drivers to continuously update their driving skills and awareness of traffic regulations if we are to achieve the desired level of road safety in a mega city state like Lagos.â€
He commended the effort of the LASTMA officials whom he said continued to give their best daily to ensure that the traffic keep moving, while adding that their efficiency has become a model of study for other neighbouring states to copy.
Earlier in his welcome address, Special Adviser to the Governor on Transportation, Mr. Kayode Opeifa, told the gathering that the initiative would take traffic management in the state above ordinary and above circumstances beyond usual comprehension.