Lagos State Government has unveiled a new plan to carry out safety audit in all 9,100 roads across all 20 local government areas (LGAs) and 37 local council development areas (LCDAs) in the state.
Commissioner for Transportation, Mr. Kayode Opeifa, disclosed the plan at a recent training programme for 150 traffic officers on traffic signalisation, synchronisation, road safety and hi-tech traffic management systems held at the Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI) in Ikeja, Lagos.
At the programme, he said the state government intended to carry out safety audit on all roads in Lagos within the next 12 months to ascertain their safety, saying the officers being trained would be used in carrying out the exercise.
The commissioner said the government was greatly concern with the safety of road users, saying that the audit would enable government proffer solution to problems on Lagos roads.
He said the objective of the training was “to provide advance knowledge and skills necessary to master the fundamentals in engineering, concepts and traffic incident management; traffic impact assessment studies with special focus on zoning and trip calculations; refresher course in synchronising traffic signals using synchrony simulation software, including trans-model and road safety audits and assessment, including checklists and asset inventory management”.
He said the content of the training included fundamentals in transport engineering concepts, traffic management strategies, travel demand management, simple techniques from signal optimisation and coordination to more complete technologies, such as adaptive signal control system work control and traffic control and enforcement.
During the training, he said, participants were now able to identify techniques in conducting road safety audit at different stages, including planning, design, construction and monitoring of existing projects; appreciate the significance of conducting traffic impact assessments and be proficient in conducting same; design effective traffic control plan for the safe movement of people and goods and demonstrate proficiency in the implementation of the guidelines for traffic signalisation.
He said participants had undergone such training in the last five years with the sole aim of ensuring improved traffic management, saying this year's workshop focused on synchronising traffic signals using synchrony simulation software.
Head of the facilitating team and founder of Infotran Engineers, Mr. Sridhar Utarra, said the software would help transport managers in managing traffic situation using high class technology software.