The Lagos State Government has developed a holistic strategy aimed at fighting terrorism in the state through information and communication technology.
The state government also revealed that it had already established a waterway traffic management authority like Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA) with the sole purpose of checkmating excesses of boat operators on the state waterways.
The Commissioner for Transportation, Dr. Ekundayo Mobereola disclosed these at a stakeholders’ meeting where he spoke on the proposed transformation of Tafawa Balewa Square (TBS) bus station into a world-class terminus.
Mobereola addressed the forum alongside the Special Adviser on Transportation, Hon. Olarenwaju Elegushi, Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Transportation, Mr. Oluseyi Whenu, Chairman of National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW), Mr. Tajudeen Agbede.
According to him, the strategy of the state government to containing terrorism “is holistic and all-encompassing. It does not focus on one specific area or public installations.”
He further explained that part of the government’s approach was to install CCTVs in all strategic places across the state.
“We will focus on bus terminals, markets, parks and public places. The core agenda of the administration of Governor Akinwunmi Ambode is to protect all residents including passengers and the transporters) during the rainy and hot seasons. The CCTVs will be installed in a way Lagos State can be monitored Lagos Security Command and Control Centre. So, our approach is holistic. By this strategy, we will ensure we monitor Lagos closely and not just Tafawa Balewa Square,” the commissioner said.
He explained that CCTV would be deployed “to detect anyone who may intend to commit crime within the axis. Everyone will have its own section: commercial bus operation, bus rapid transit (BRT) and taxi operators, so that passengers are not confused where to go.”
He noted that what the state government “is doing is for the benefits of all residents. When it is completed, it will be enforced.”
On the safety of its waterways, the commissioner said the state government through the Lagos State Waterways Authority (LASWA) “has identified 14 routes on the waterways that will be dredged and channelised to avert future boat mishaps in the state.”
He said it had set up the waterway arm of the LASTMA, noting that the arm “will be doing what the traffic agency is on over 9, 000 roads in the state. More ferry terminus will be constructed and completed terminus will be opened for public use before the end of the year.”
Mobereola explained that the aim of the state governor was “to strengthen the intermodal transport system, in order to commute the over 17 million residents of Lagos with ease and to operate a 24-hour transport system. This was part of the reasons we decided to transform the TBS Bus Terminal to attract more tourists to the edifice.”
He said the TBS stands for Lagos, noting “it has become a rallying point for the residents of Lagos. It is a venue for change of government in Lagos. We are just going to make the place an ultra-modern terminal for the BRT buses, taxi operators and passengers. This project will be completed by December 2016.