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Lagos to Begin Issuance Of Driver’s Licence soon, Says commissioner

LAGOS State Government may begin the issuance of driver’s licence soon, the Commissioner for Transportation Dr. Frederic Oladeinde, said yesterday.

Speaking during his first interactive session with reporters, held at the ministry’s boardroom, the commissioner said the new licence was the outcome of years of engagement between the state government and the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC).

He said: “As part of what we have been doing since we assumed office, we can disclose that soon, Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu will launch the new driver’s licence, signalling that the state is on for a new deal of transportation reforms.”

Oladeinde, accompanied by the Permanent Secretary, Dr. Kamaldeen Olowosago, and other top management officers, said a reviewed Lagos State Transportation Policy was ready and might be unveiled by the governor next month.

The commissioner, who did not disclose whether the unveiling would be part of the activities slated for the commemoration of the third year anniversary of the administration, said the policy, which was submitted to its predecessor shortly before the government came on board, had to undergo review, as it was found not robust enough to capture the state’s Strategic Transportation Master plan (STEM).

He said the state, with over two million vehicles, accounted for above national average of vehicles per kilometre, a development which made managing transportation in the state a bit complex and required deliberate planning.

Oladeinde said the Sanwo-Olu administration was determined to reform the transportation sector and ensure that small passenger vehicles, (popularly called danfos), were taken off the road and replaced by more comfortable and affordable mass transit buses that could take in more passengers.

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