Gov. Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos has approved a dedicated security team for the monitoring and enforcement of Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) and protection of other transport infrastructure in the state.
This mandate by Sanwo-Olu was contained in a statement issued on Monday, October 11; by the Spokesman for Lagos Metropolis Area Transport Authority (LAMATA), Kolawole Ojelabi.
Ojelabi said that the approval of the dedicated security team followed incessant damage to transport infrastructure; and also violation of the BRT lanes which more often impeded the operation of the BRT system.
“The approval granted by the Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, that the dedicated team, headed by a Superintendent of Police, would be composed of 70 officers and men of the Nigeria Police Force charged with the protection of existing LAMATA facilities and others currently under construction,” Ojelabi said.
He said that the dedicated security team would ensure the lifespan of transport infrastructure would be guaranteed; and not be truncated by needless and unforeseen attacks; as well as make passengers feel secure at LAMATA facilities while using regulated public transport.
“With more transport infrastructure being constructed, the Lagos Metropolitan Area Transport Authority reasoned that there was the need for a higher measure of security and vigilance especially in the light of last year’s attack on Lagos State Government and LAMATA facilities perpetrated by hoodlums who hijacked the #EndSARS protest.
“During the attack, the newly completed Oyingbo Bus Terminal was vandalized; and 57 new BRT buses that were ready for deployment for passenger operations were set ablaze. On the same day, Berger Bus Terminal and 23 new buses parked were also set ablaze.”
Meanwhile, the Federal Government has stated there are vast opportunities; for job creation in the green economy, according to Ngige.
Minister for Labour and Employment, Sen. Chris Ngige, said this at the opening of the 6th Meeting of the National Employment Council, with the theme, “Creating Environmental Friendly (Green) Jobs.”
This is contained in a statement signed by Mr Charles Akpan, Deputy Director, Press and Public Relations in the ministry, on Monday, October 11, in Abuja.
Ngige said that the green economy sector presented an avenue for creating environmentally-friendly jobs in areas; such as the “construction sector with green jobs concept; renewable energy, afforestation, as well as waste management, including e-waste.”