LAGOS TRAFFIC RADIO, HOW MUCH CAN IT HELP THE GRIDLOCK
Governor Babatunde Fashola of Lagos State on Tuesday inaugurated the state’s traffic radio station in a bid to rid the roads in the metropolis of gridlock.
The governor said that the Lagos Traffic Radio was another of his administration’s innovations to manage the traffic in the mega-city, and that it would enable residents plan their day and reduce travel time to and from work or business.
“The radio will provide traffic news which will assist motorists to make the right decisions that will in turn help to decongest the roads.
“Before now, we were broadcasting traffic information through the existing radio and TV stations, but we realised that it would be better to set up a dedicated radio for better results.
“The new traffic radio will help reduce traffic on our roads,” Governor Fashola said.
Earlier, in his welcome address, the Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr. Lateef Ibirogba, said the Lagos Traffic Radio was part of the several innovative responses of the present administration to the perennial traffic challenges in the State adding that it was aimed at making the State an investors delight.
According to the Commissioner, in order to make every investor get his money’s worth in the State, “the traffic situation must be well managed in a more scientific manner, hence the need for a traffic radio station.”
“The station”, the Commissioner said, “is prepared for the challenges of meeting the expectations of the 21st Century listening audience in terms of content and facilities”, adding that the feedback since it commenced test transmission on 96.1 MHZ three weeks ago was very satisfactory.
Noting that the station would form an invaluable avenue for the education of Lagosians on best traffic and road use practices, Ibirogba said the expectation of Government was that “as the station commences full operation, there will be drastic reduction in traffic gridlocks on our roads as motorists would be well informed on traffic situations and thus plan their journeys more scientifically.”
Lagos is a state known for its traffic gridlocks which often leads to loss of valuable man hour as the gridlock usually last for hours in many parts of the state. Do you think the initiative of the traffic radio can go a long way in reducing the traffic gridlock on the roads?
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