A team of IBM (International Business Machines Corporation) experts completing a month-long pro bono consulting assignment presented recommendations to Nigeria’s Lagos State Government to ensure that private traffic and public transportation flows more efficiently in the city of Lagos — Africa’s most populous.
Working with the Lagos Metropolitan Area Transport Authority, the agency responsible for developing and implementing the state’s transportation blueprint, and the Lagos State Ministries of Transportation, Works & Infrastructure, Science & Technology, the IBM team of experts proposed technology-driven strategies to make travel easier.
Located in West Africa’s rain forest belt, 20% of Lagos’ 3,600sq.km geographical area is mostly waterways; however, 90% of commuter travel in the state is road based. City authorities predict a 350% growth in the number of vehicles in the state over the next 25 years, with the population doubling to 40 million by 2030. The potential of both rail and water transport remains largely untapped as they carry less than one percent of overall traffic in the state.
The recommendations included better coordination between agencies responsible for traffic management, police, fire and medical care. Informing the decisions of these departments would be data gathered and analyzed from a variety of sources such as cell phones, call centers, cameras, and global positioning systems devices. More accurate and up-to-date information can help transport management agencies better manage the city’s traffic flow. It will also enable them to wirelessly provide travelers with information such as road and traffic conditions, as well as bus, boat and toll schedules, to help them plan their trips more effectively.
Also on the list of suggestions was a single, integrated e-ticketing system for all modes of transportation and integrated fare management. The introduction ofroadway toll rates based on traffic density would also be helpful for encouraging the use public transportation, cleaner air and enhanced revenue. The state was also advised to create a single platform for all its traffic and transportation-related data so each agency and mode of transport is integrated, helping passengers interconnect seamlessly.
Lagos State Governor Babatunde Raji Fashola says: “The need to deploy innovative approaches that address civic challenges in Lagos State has never been greater. Keeping up with the state’s growing appetite for services and resources is a herculean and continuous process, and our ability and growing success in attracting home-grown and international trade and investment activity is generating a need for better governance and management practices. Technology is the key to the future, and we welcome IBM’s support in this regard.”
The team’s recommendations took advantage of existing infrastructure, and suggested ways that projects could be self-funded.
“IBM’s set of recommendations address our key transportation challenges and clearly enhance our ongoing efforts to fix the myriad of issues faced by our fast developing state,” said Kayode Opeifa, Lagos State commissioner for transport.
Further confirming this point of view, Dr. Obafemi Hamzat, Lagos state commissioner for works and infrastructure, said the state’s “blueprint for transforming our struggling infrastructure into a modern ecosystem driven by data intelligence and efficient resource management has been further authenticated by these set of recommendations from IBM.”
Lagos is arguably one of the fastest growing cities in the world, and is West Africa’s leading commercial hub with the region’s largest air and seaports. Lagos generates 25% of national gross domestic product and its 20 million citizens account for 12% of Nigeria’s population.
“Lagos will continue to be a significant patch of Africa’s economic success story,” said Taiwo Otiti, IBM’s Country General Manager for West Africa. “An intelligent, interconnected logistics and transportation management system is a crucial must-have for any modern city, and this engagement with IBM’s Smarter Cities Challenge team will further enhance the state’s ability to deploy technology-driven solutions in a timely and strategic manner.”
The collaboration between Lagos and IBM was funded by a Smarter Cities Challenge grant — one of only some 30 awarded globally for 2013.
Launched in 2011, the IBM Smarter Cities Challenge is a three-year, 100-city, US$50 million competitive grant program. IBM’s single-largest philanthropic initiative, the program assigns a team of six top IBM experts to each winning city to study a key issue identified by the city’s leadership. The program was inspired by the global migration to cities.
According to the United Nations, in 2008 more than half the world’s population began living in cities for the first time. These population centers are more economically powerful, politically influential, and technologically advanced than at any time in history. However, they also struggle with increased demand for services, along with budgetary and operational challenges.
The wicked shall not go unpunished – Oyedepo tells hoodlums looting, vandalizing properties
General Overseer of the Living Faith Church, Bishop David Oyedepo, has reacted to the ongoing vandalization and looting of government and private properties by hoodlums in the country.
Oyedepo declared that all the hoodlums taking undue advantage of the unrest in the country will not go unpunished.
The cleric made the declaration during his Sunday service on October 25.
The clergyman also prophesied that unrest in the country was over and that the peace of God has been restored back to the land.
“The sources of agitation will be wisely dealt with and favorably dealt with; the land shall rest again in the name of Jesus Christ.
“All the hoodlums who are taking advantage of this season, let hand be joined in hand, the wicked shall not go unpunished.
“Innocent people on the streets going about their own cause and businesses, they were in their shops, the only business they have.
“CAUTION! You don’t have a double life, you have only one, you don’t have a spare. Caution! I bind all activities of the devil behind every form of unrest being inflicted by hoodlums in the name of Jesus,” he prayed.
I have no plans of relocating, Laycon tells fan
Laycon, winner of Big Brother Naija season 5 edition has made it known that he has no plans of relocating outside Nigeria, in spite of all that is embroiling in the country.
His statement comes after one of his Icon fans expressed that few of the ex-housemates are planning to relocate outside the country, asking what Laycon plans on doing.
Laycon, thereafter, restated his love and commitment to his fans, adding that for him to leave the country, he would have to go with all his fans.
The fan identified as Amara wrote on Twitter:
“Vee, Neo, Nengi, Ozo dey plan japaa, only Laycon still dey write motivational tweets. @itsLaycon which way na?!”
In response, he tweeted:
“If I wan japa, I gats carry all my icons with me… So until that one dey possible, I dey here with Una.”
See post below:
If I wan japa, I gats carry all my icons with me… So until that one dey possible, I dey here with Una.. https://t.co/0lWHpepRk6
— Laycon #EndSARS 💡 (@itsLaycon) October 22, 2020
Untrained soldier flogs woman at ATM stand for telling him to join the queue
A Nigerian lady, Ada-oma, has take to social media to recount her experience in the hands of a soldier with the Nigerian Army.
According to her, she was at an ATM machine of the UBA branch at Oshodi area of Lagos when a soldier approched her, flouting the the rules of an existing queue.
The said soldier reportled assaulted Ada-Oma after she asked the uniform man to join the queue.
Taking to Twitter, she wrote,
“Hello Nigerians, I was just assaulted by an army official this morning 26/10/2020 at the ATM stand of @UBAGroup at their oshodi branch. i’m still shaking and crying as i write this because i have never felt this way in my entire life.
“I’m also scared writing this because he Threatened me. so my Life is your hands Nigerians.
I was on the ATM queue and this @NigerianArmy official asked me to move so he can pass, i asked him if he was on the queue that there is a queue, he asked me to move,i moved and continued asking him if he was on the queue, he flared up as you will see in the video below, and before i knew what happened he brought out his belt and hit me.
“This happened at your branch in oshodi and your security men were there. He hit me!!!!! I literally cried my way to the office. I never insulted him.
“Only asked if he was on the queue and he got angry and furious and violent. He threatened to make me bleed blood, in my own country because i asked if he was on the queue.I want justice.”
Watch the videos below:
Only asked if he was on the queue and he got angry and furious and violent.
He threatened to make me bleed blood, in my own country because i asked if he was on the queue.I want justice. @jidesanwoolu @Mr_JAGss @NigerianPolice @ProfOsinbajo
— ADA-OMA😍😍😍 (@vels20) October 26, 2020
— ADA-OMA😍😍😍 (@vels20) October 26, 2020
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