In furtherance to its mandate of making Lagos roads safer and stemming the incessant incidence of accidents on Lagos roads, the Directorate of the Vehicle Inspection Service( VIS) in conjunction with the Lagos State Vehicle Inspection Service (LACVIS) held a strategic forum of the stakeholders in the transport( logistics and haulage) sector on Thursday July 19, 2018 in Gbagada.
The General Manager of Lagos State Computerized Vehicle Inspection Service (LACVIS), Mr. Segun Ogunnaike, kick-started the forum with a welcome address by stating that the meeting became imperative in order to interact and inform all stakeholders in the transport sector in Lagos about the government’s initiatives and plans to reduce carnage on the roads. While soliciting for the support of all stakeholders in the transport sector to ensure the success of the initiatives of the government, Mr. Ogunnaike revealed that ten vehicle inspection centres have been established across Lagos State with the plan to increase the tally to fifty in the next three years.
In his address, the Director of Vehicle Inspection Service (VIS) Engr. A.G. Toriola, noted that the Lagos State Government have stopped the manual inspection of vehicles and replaced with computerized vehicle inspections which is at par with international standards. He appealed to all stakeholders in the transport sector to partner with the Lagos State Government to reduce carnage on the roads. The representative of the Standard Organisation of Nigeria (SON), Ms Mosunmola Samuel, emphasized that the road accidents will reduce if stakeholders in the transport sector comply with stipulated standards and requirements.
In his own submission, Mr. Soji Oni, the representative of the President of the Nigerian Insurers Association, expressed the readiness of insurers in Nigeria to partner with transport stakeholders to reduce risks and have a safer city.
“The director of the VIS Driving Institute, Mr. Akin-George Fashola, called on the stakeholders to embrace the Lagos State Driving Institute because it has the necessary and ultramodern facilities to train drivers who are safety conscious on the road. He appealed to the stakeholders to ensure that their members obtain genuine license and documentation from approved centres in the state.
During the interactive sessions, stakeholders commended the state government for establishing the computerized vehicle inspection centres across the state. They called on the state government to expedite actions in the establishment of more centres across the state in order to make it more convenient for their members to inspect their vehicles. They also called on the state government to ensure that articulated vehicles coming from other states of the federation into Lagos State are inspected. In addition, the stakeholders called on other regulatory agencies to ensure that the importers of substandard spare parts are persecuted and brought to book.
Relevant association at the event include Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers(NUPENG), Association of Maritime Trucks Owners( AMATO), Petroleum Tankers Drivers(PTD), National Association of Transport Operators(NATO), Containers Trucks Owners Association of Nigeria among others.