Transport Sector: Our reforms on safety in conformity with UN Standards —Gov. Akeredolu
By: Toluwalope Akinfolarin
The Ondo State Governor, Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, SAN, CON has expressed satisfaction that performance indicators of the transport sector of his administration have comformed with the thematic thrust of the United Nations on Decade of Action targeting reduction in road crashes.
Governor Akeredolu who spoke at the Groundbreaking Ceremony of the Ore Computerized Vehicle Inspection Centre said since the inception of his administration in Year 2017, conscious efforts have been deployed into transforming the transport sector.
The Governor represented by his Chief of Staff , Chief Olugbenga Ale said the restructuring of the Ministry of Transport by his administration have now yielded improved performance through the adoption of modern approaches to vehicle inspection and establishment of Computerized Vehicle Inspection Centres in three cities in the state.
“It is noteworthy that the Vehicle Inspection Department of the erstwhile Ministry of Transport is experiencing a paradigm shift from the old, manual way of doing things to digital method which is more accurate, reliable and cost effective”, he said.
Governor Akeredolu who assured that by the time the Computerized Vehicle Inspection Mega Centre, Ore is completed will not only intensify the sterling achievements in the transport sector but also contribute to safety on roads across the state.
“This Mega Centre is one of the numerous fruitful outcomes of our partnership with private investors in line with our policy thrust of exploring the hitherto untapped resources for the growth and development of our dear State.
This Mega Vehicle Inspection Centre is principally to ensure safety on our roads for the protection of lives and property. The centre, when completed will ensure that major safety items such as tyre, brake, steering, vehicle emission, alignment conform to the prescribed safety standard”, the governor declared.
Arakunrin Akeredolu used the occasion to highlight the heavy investments of his administration on aggressive construction of new roads, timely repairs and maintenance of old ones across Local Governments in the state all in a bid at ensuring ensuring smooth movement on all our roads the tate.
He acknowledged the collaborative efforts of officers and men of the Ondo State Security Network code-named Amotekun Corps with other security agencies which according to him have continually checkmated kidnapping and other nefarious activities on roads across the state and have enabled citizens to go about their daily activities without any fear.
In his Welcome Address the Special Adviser on Transport to Ondo State Governor, Tobi Ogunleye stated that the Ore Mega Computerised Vehicle Inspection Centre is in fulfilment of one of the critical features of the REDEEMED Agenda of Arakunrin Akeredolu administration .
” These Computerized Vehicle Inspection Services in Sunshine State are demonstration of the commitment of the Government to ensuring that our vehicles are road worthy and in ensuring ultimately reduction of road crashes in Ondo State and beyond”
The Special Adviser assured that the facility will be equipped with necessary facilities and machines required for computerised Vehicle Inspection to ensure adequate safety of lives and properties on our roads.
” When this Centre is completed, it will be one of the four that had been built in the State. It is our determination to replicate these in the entire Vehicle Inspection Offices across the State as this will help to address the issue of the State of vehicles on the roads and determine the roadworthiness of such vehicles in line with the International practices ” he added
He also urged all private vehicle owners to partner with the Government to promote safety on road by patronising the Ore Mega Computerised Vehicle Inspection Centre.
” This is because Vehicle safety is a component for total safety on the road, as we all know that Government cannot do it alone, it is the responsibility of Vehicle owners to maintain their vehicles” he noted
In their separate goodwill messages, the Chairman of Ondo State Park Management Committee, Comrade Jacob Adebo and the Deputy State Chairman of Road Transport Employers Association of Nigeria, Ondo State Chapter, Comrade Sodiq Moshood appreciated the Ondo State Governor, Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu for the landmark project and assured
The Consulting Firm of the Project, SYC Inspection Limited, represented by the Southwest Zonal Coordinator, Mr Bolaji Makinde appreciated the State Government for the opportunity to serve the state in its areas of core-competence and assured that it will work to give motorists the best of services to keep vehicles in perfect conditions.
“We have made great stride in reducing accident in our roads, the establishment of this new centre is an indication to our continued commitment to ensuring the safety and efficiency of our vehicles. This Centre will be equipped with the latest technology and equipment” he added.
On completion, the Ore Mega Computerized Vehicle Inspection Centre will be the fourth established by the Ondo State Government as three others have earlier been commissioned by Governor Akeredolu in Akure, Owo and Ondo.