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Govt Should Address Traffic Jam Challenge

editorial

The menace of traffic jam, especially in and around the metropolitan Kampala, is reaching unbearable level. Motorists, boda boda riders and even pedestrian are in varying ways bearing the brunt of prolonged hold ups in traffic gridlocks on our roads.

Imagine a distance between Mukono and Kampala, which is 24.9 kilometres, which should ideally take 53 minutes via Jinja Road or Northern Bypass, now takes several hours. To be precise, due to intense gridlock at several sections of the road; it now takes a motorist not less than three hours to cover the same distance. It is unacceptable.

Moreover, this has great implications not only the motorists, but also to the national economy. Imagine a person living in Mukono but working in Kampala taking about six hours on the return journey!

Considering that there are 10 normal working hours a day, this implies that the person will have less hours and by extension, have low productivity given that they reach their work place late.

The aggregate of many workers producing below capacity impacts negatively on the economy. Little wonder, therefore, that according to statistics from the Uganda Bureau of Statistics, Uganda’s economy economic growth rate stands at 4.6 per cent in the Financial Year (FY) 2015/16 down from the 5 per cent growth rate registered in the FY 2014/15.

Besides, the long and winding jams force motorists to dig deeper into their pockets to fork out their heard-earned money to buy enough fuel to sustain them on the road.

Buying more fuel may be good as this boosts national revenue. But the underside of it is that when fuel drains people’s incomes, they are left with little money to spend on services and other goods. The closure of big and small supermarkets in the country as a result of few buyers due to lack of purchasing power, is testimony to this.

Given the traffic congestion dilemma, it is important that the government, as matter of urgency, moves fast to address the traffic gridlock dilemma.

Among other things, the government should embark on repairing all feeder roads leading to the city. This should be accompanied by enlarging the trunk roads leading to and out of Kampala into several carriages ways. It is important that the traffic police and other related agencies become proactive and invoke community penalty for indisciplined and reckless motorists.

Also the huge influx of boda boda riders into the city should be addressed. Many these riders do not observe traffic rules and regulations hence causing confusion on the roads. The government should also review the public transport sector and ensure that buses replace commuter taxis.

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Liberia: Bad Road Hampers Garbage Disposal, Says PCC

By Omari Jackson

The bad condition of the road leading to the landfill dump site in Wein Town, Bernard Farm in Paynesville, is affecting the regular collection and disposal of garbage, according to the Paynesville City Corporation (PCC).

This has led to garbage literally taking over the city of Paynesville, which could cause serious sanitation problems and health hazard if not attended to promptly, an official said.

Deputy site manager Suluteh Horace told journalists on Friday that reaching the site with their dump trucks has become difficult due to the awful condition of the road. As a result, their dump trucks are unable to reach the site to dispose of collected garbage, he said.

“This will cause problems for people within this environment because there is no way for our trucks to move forward with the dirt,” Horace said, and noted that as long as the rain continues, the road condition will continue to be deplorable and cause problems for the cities in Montserrado County, with Paynesville being no exception.

Several sanitation truck drivers interviewed also expressed concern over the deplorable condition of the road that is affecting their work. One of the drivers, identified only as Musa, told the Daily Observer: “We will not be able to collect dirt to take to the landfill site in Wein Town until the dry season because the road is too bad for the trucks to reach the site. Sometimes, when we take our trucks for dumping, it takes us the whole day to get there.”

Paynesville is one of the fastest growing cities in Liberia in terms of population, commercial activities and infrastructural development. But in recent times, garbage disposal has become a very serious problem and the Paynesville City Council is encountering difficulty managing waste, mainly due to the poor road condition.

PCC officials said although they have several measures to effectively manage waste in the city, the stockpile of garbage at key centers, including the densely populated Red Light community, has become a challenge.

They said while PCC dump trucks have been working overtime to ensure clean streets to enable residents to get better breathing space and do their trading in a clean environment, the end result has proven extremely difficult, as many trucks are finding it nearly impossible to dump their collection of garbage.

“While efforts are continuing to work around the situation,” an official said, “we need urgent intervention to ensure that the road to the landfill site in Wein Town is reconditioned to make the management of the garbage easier and healthy for all.”

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Relief to Traders As Mirerani Road Opens

Photo: State House

President John Magufuli joins officials to cut a ribbon to officially launch a 26km tarmac road linking Kilimanjaro International Airport and Mererani in Manyara Region.

IT was all smile for residents of Arusha, Kilimanjaro and Manyara regions yesterday following inauguration of a 26- kilometres road from Kilimanjaro International Airport (KIA) to Mirerani, a small mining town and the only place in the world where the violet-blue gemstone, Tanzanite is found.

The Minister for Works, Transport and Communication, Prof Makame Mbarawa said yesterday that the road links many areas to the business network and that the government expects to see wananchi utilizing it properly to boost economic activities and building up the economy.

“This road must boost business activities in the surrounding areas, I would like to ask wananchi to utilise it effectively,” he said during the inauguration of KIA-Mirerani road by President John Magufuli. He said the first ever 26-kilometre tarmac road in Simanjiro District has cost 32bn/-.

“The project has been implemented by the China Henan International Corporation Group Limited (Chico) and it has been funded by the government of Tanzania,” said Prof Mbarawa.

According to Prof Mbarawa, the road will help to open up markets in Simanjiro, Arusha, Moshi and other towns.

“With reliable infrastructure, it is obvious markets for various products will be open, this will boost our economy since everyone will be able to move and do profitable business without problem,” said Prof Mbarawa.

Upgrading of the busy road was one of the promises made by the government way back some years ago.

The road is expected to boost the economy of the area, especially tanzanite mining at Mirerani which has led to the flourishing of other economic activities in the semi-arid area and ease transportation between Mirerani and Arusha and Moshi.

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Tanzania: Last Respects Paid to 13 Crash Victims

Photo: The Citizen

The Mass was celebrated at the Lugalo Hospital.

By John Namkwahe

Dar es Salaam — Hundreds of mourners on Wednesday were overcame with grief as they attended the Requiem Mass for the repose of the souls of 13 Tanzanians who perished in a road accident in Masaka, Uganda.

The Mass was celebrated at the Lugalo Hospital in the city.

The mourners comforted former deputy minister for Industry and Trade and Mpwapwa MP Gregory Teu, following the loss of his relatives.

Mr Teu, who was seated with his family members, including Dr Anneth Teu, who just wed in Uganda.

The 13 people perished on Sunday as they were returning home from Dr Anneth Teu’s wedding held last Saturday. Their mini-bus was involved in a head-on collision against a truck, 60 kilometres from Kampala and killed 13 people as six others sustained injuries.

Mr Teu, who lost his father, son, aunt and a sister in the road crash burst into tears, when he and his family members were directed to step forward to pay their last respects to their beloved ones.

One of the family members gave him a hand, when he had left his chair and stepped forward towards the decorated coffins.

It went from bad to worse when, Mr Teu’s daughter Margaret placed her head on the coffin bearing her grandfather’s body and let out a loud cry.

“I have no tears left in my eyes because I have cried so much,” she told The Citizen.

“I have had the toughest time and it is a very difficult time for our family. It’s a critical situation,” she added.

Addressing the mourners, the Minister of State in the President’s Office (Public Service Management and Good Governance), Ms Angellah Kairuki thanked the Ugandan government for transporting the bodies from Uganda to Tanzania on a private jet. Ms Kairuki also received 13 death certificates for those, who died in the road accident from the Ugandan government.

“On behalf of the Tanzanian government, I thank the Ugandan government under President Yoweri Museveni for the support during this difficult time. This is the true meaning of neighbourhood,” she noted.

For her part, Ugandan Bety Kamya, who represented President Museveni, stated: “We are very saddened and shocked by the deaths of our beloved ones. We will investigate the cause of the road accident,” she said.

The 13 bodies were yesterday transported to Mpwapwa in Dodoma and Moshi in Kilimanjaro for funeral procedures, according to family spokesman Evarist Soka.

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South Africa: Road Safety Education Must Be Part of School Curriculum – Mpumalanga Pupils

Pupils competing in the Mpumalanga Provincial Participatory Education Techniques Competition have called for road safety education to be included in the schools’ curriculum.

They argued that instilling knowledge of road safety and regulations in citizens from a young age and on regular basis would reduce road crashes.

Four secondary schools represented by five pupils from the Ehlanzeni, Nkangala, Gert Sibande and Bohlabela regions competed for a place in the national finals that will be held in the North West next month.

This year, Mpumalanga will be represented by Nkangala region’s DM Motsaosele Secondary School and Lugebhuta Secondary School from the Ehlanzeni region.

The programme is aimed at changing pupils’ attitudes towards road safety and encourage them to identify road safety challenges in their communities and find solutions through research.

In their presentations, the students suggested that government needs to improve road maintenance, visible policing and law enforcement.

Road users must meet government ‘halfway’

Sandile Sibeko a learner from the DM Motsaosele Secondary School team added that the government needed to increase its investment in educating road users as individual behaviour played a significant role in road safety.

“Traffic officers cannot control people’s behaviour and we as road users need to meet government halfway in this fight against road carnage by obeying the rules of the road and reporting those who disobey,” said Sibeko.

Speaking on behalf of the Mpumalanga department of community safety, security and liaison, Mzamani Vuma said the department was concerned about the prevalence of road crashes, especially those involving young people who drive without licences and those who drink and drive.

“This is a very good platform to warn young people who steal or take their parents’ vehicles and drive them without licences and also to instil responsibility so that when they buy cars, they know what is expected,” he said.

Source: News24

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Nigeria: Govt Urged to Expedite Action On Lagos Port Access Roads

By Eromosele Abiodun

The Association of Nigerian Licensed Customs Agents (ANLCA) and other stakeholders in the maritime sector have called on the federal government to use part of the money being generated by the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) from the port to fix the roads leading to the Lagos ports.

The Apapa and Tin-Can Customs commands, the stakeholders noted, generate over N2 billion daily from the ports.

The stakeholders argued that the N100 billion required to fix the roads can be generated by Customs and other government agencies within two months.

The Public Relations Officer of ANLCA, Dr. Kayode Farinto, in a chat with journalists urged President Muhammadu Buhari administration to support the current management of the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) in finding a permanent solution to the gridlock on Apapa/Tin Can Island roads as well as reduce hardships on the users.

ANLCA said that the danger in moving in and out of the Lagos ports and its environs has increased geometrically and urged Buhari to declare emergency on the road.

He added there was an urgent need for the federal government to fix the Tin Can Island road as the NPA, Dangote Group and Flour Mills plc embark on reconstructing the entire Wharf Road.

The deplorable state of Apapa roads, he further noted, is hampering access to the Lagos seaports and affecting businesses around the area.

He commended the board and the management of the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) for injecting the huge amount of money for the repair of the Apapa Road.

On his part, an importer, Mr. Adeyemi Adeleke said the federal government needs to compliment the laudable efforts of the NPA by taking steps that will eliminate the Apapa gridlock to achieve sustainable result.

“To tackle the problems which we attribute to the poor port access road, the nefarious activities of tanker drivers and operators of articulated vehicles, the Federal Government needs to declare emergency on the road so that we can enjoy the support of other government agencies like the NPA.

“Although the roads leading to the ports are in bad shape, but we must also understand that the problem on that road comes from the tankers and containerised truck drivers who go to the ports to lift fuel and others. So it is necessary to appreciate the bold step being taken by the NPA because it is not the only government agencies generating money from the ports. We have Customs and others. Therefore, it is inaccurate and uncharitable for anybody to say that NPA is not doing enough to solve the challenge faced on that road or that the agency has lost the battle.

“The problem from the port was that vehicles that used to park inside the port have been driven out by the concessionaires and they have no option than to park on the road in order to gain access into the port,” Adeleke said.

The President of ANLCA, Prince Olayiwola Shittu had in a chat with journalists, complained that the bad roads were causing avoidable economic losses, accidents and loss of man-hours, on a daily basis.

Shittu said that the bad roads were affecting economic activities and the health of the road users.

“Every day, importers, clearing agents and other port users sit for hours trying to get in or out of Apapa and it is causing a lot of stress that can lead to various health problems.

“Apart from the stress and the health of the users, the additional cost the importers are paying to terminal operators and the revenue the federal government is losing due to these unnecessary delays are serious issues that need to be addressed o make the ports attractive in the sub-region, “he said.

Nigeria: Senate Asks Nigerian Govt. to Revoke N3.2 Billion Benue Road Contract

The Senate Committee on Works has asked the Nigerian government to revoke the N3.2 billion contract for the reconstruction of Wannue-Yadev road in Benue, citing alleged incompetence by the handler.

The News Agency of Nigeria, NAN, reports that the 19-kilometre road contract, awarded in 2013, had a completion period of 24 months.

But chairman of the Senate committee, Kabiru Gaya, told journalists in Gboko on Saturday that the committee was “greatly disappointed” that not much had been done four years after the contract was awarded.

“We have gone round several portions of the road; we have asked questions and made observations. Our conclusion is that the contractor lacks the capacity to handle the job.

“We have resolved to ask the Federal to terminate the job and engage a competent firm. Huge monies have been paid to the contractor with nothing to show for it. We cannot continue like that,” he said.

Mr. Gaya said the contractor had failed to live up to expectations, “in spite of several letters asking him to sit up”.

“At some spots on the road, asphalt was being laid without leveling the affected areas; the contractor also scrapped large portions of the road last year and disappeared, making them impassable. We feel that this is being insensitive.

“The point we are trying to make is simple. Since the Federal Ministry of Works has written three times threatening to revoke the contract, the job should be terminated. We shall investigate it and hand over the report to EFCC.

“It is not right to allow contractors to collect tax payers money and waste it,” he said.

George Akume (APC,Benue North-West), who also spoke to newsmen, expressed dismay over the state of federal roads in Benue.

Mr. Akume claimed that cement dealers, who ply the Gboko/Makurdi road with heavy loads, were responsible for most of the massive damage and should be made to assist in the reconstruction.

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By Lindiwe Mutafela

Kachikau — Minister of Infrastructure and Housing Development, Mr Nonofo Molefhi says government is concerned about developments projects which are not completed on time.

Addressing a kgotla meeting in Kachikau, Mr Molefhi said the handover of Kachikau Clinic should have been done last October, but up to this day the clinic was still not fully operational as planned.

“I am here to meet the contractor to see his plans and agree on the date on which the clinic will be completed,” he informed the residents.

Since the first contractor has failed to complete the project, a new contractor will be given the job to do the remaining work; his contract was terminated, although losses will be encountered the job still needs to be completed so that the people of Kachikau and surrounding areas can start benefiting from this development, said Mr Molefhi.

He said they were hoping that the clinic would at least be completed by December this year.

He said since December was a busy month and most contractors go for holidays, an exception of at least February 2018 would be made.

Kachikau is at the centre of five villages in the Chobe enclave, having a bigger clinic will help them find assistance they need close by and faster instead of travelling 80km to get help in Kasane, which poses as a danger especially when it comes to women who are delivering.

Kachikau Clinic will have a maternity ward and also have a mortuary, which will cut down expenses for the people of the Chobe enclave.

Having a bigger clinic will also mean a fulltime doctor will always be on standby.

For their part, the residents pleaded with the minister to ask relevant authorities to construct a road from Savuti to Mababe since they were always forced to travel to Nata to get to Maun, while they could just go through the proposed road.

They said constructing the road would assist them to easily transport their building materials through a shorter distance and at reasonable costs.

Minister Molefhi promised the residents that he would deliver the message to the relevant authorities.

Source : BOPA

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By Gboyega Akinsanmi

One week after he formally inaugurated the reconstruction of 10-lane Oshodi-Airport road, Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, at the weekend unveiled Pen Cinema flyover and bridge ramp designed to unlock gridlock at the Agege-Iju-Pen-Cinema axis.

He therefore, disclosed that the two projects would be completed by December 2018, though appealed to all residents and motorists to exercise patience all through the period of construction.

He unveiled the projects at a meeting with all the stakeholders he addressed at the LASU Museum, Agege on Friday, noting that when completed, the flyover would be equivalent to both the Ajah and Abule-Egba bridges.

The governor had last Monday inaugurated the reconstruction of the Oshodi-Airport Road with a pledge to begin project execution in September 2017 and complete the project within the next 15 months.

Contrary to what the federal government had designed decades ago, the state government had disclosed that its design for the road accommodated two flyovers, three pedestrian bridges one U-turn bridge ramp and interlocking paving stones walkway among others.

Covering a distance of 5.7064 kilometres, Ambode had had explained the new design for the Oshodi-Airport road, which he said, was much better than what the federal government designed for the road, disclosing that the road “has two service lanes, 20 laybys and slip roads into Ajao Estate among others.”

But at the unveiling of the Pen Cinema flyover and ramped bridge, Ambode explained the essence of the meeting, which he said, was to engage all stakeholders on the need to construct a flyover across the intersections of Iju Road and Old Abeokuta Road with Oba Ogunji-Agunbiade Street respectively.

The governor, who was represented by the Commissioner for Waterfront Infrastructure Development, Mr. Adebowale Akinsanya, said the need for the flyover and ramped bridge could not be over-emphasised in view of its strategic link to several communities.

He said: “In ensuring that this project measures up to world class standard, the reconstruction has been given to a tested and proven contractor – Hitech Construction Company Limited, the construction company that is prepared to work round the clock in two shifts to ensure the timely completion of the project.

“In order to minimise the inconvenience to road users that ply this route during the construction stage of the flyover, alternative routes for traffic diversion were identified after a thorough reconnaissance survey with a view to serve as by-pass from the construction zone as well as ensure seamless flow of traffic while the construction activities are ongoing within this corridor.”

He explained that the diversion “will no doubt assist Iju, Oba Ogunji Roads and beyond bound motorists without going through traffic rigour. The need to collectively resolve the perennial gridlock at Agege, Pen-Cinema and Iju among others is a task that must be done by all.”

Ambode said the meeting was in line with the inclusive governance mantra of his administration to run an open, robust and all inclusive government where citizens would not only have a voice but also determine the direction and scope of developmental projects in the State.

Also at the meeting, the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Works and Infrastructure, Jimi Hotonu said the length of bridge with the ramp is 1,430m, while the service lane is 2,256m, adding that the construction would also include a pedestrian bridge across railway track, among others.

Hotonu said upon completion of the project, it would reduce traffic grid lock and travel time; reduce vehicle maintenance and transportation cost, enhance safety of the road users, improve socio-economic activities of the area, enhance the standard of living of the citizens and provide 24 hours investment friendly environment, with availability of LED street lights.

Speaking on the projects, the Commissioner for the Environment, Dr. Babatunde Adejare, said Pen Cinema was known for its notoriety when it comes to gridlock, saying that motorists normally spend hours on traffic in the area, noting that the projects “will take the stress away from us.”

Adejare stated that the construction of the flyover and bridge ramp would scale up properties in the area, thereby urging the residents and motorists to cooperate with the construction firm.

Namibia: Plans Underway for the Nakabolelwa-Kasika Road

PLANS for the second phase of the Izimwe-Nakabolelwa road in the Kabbe constituency have started, and include the construction of water drains and a gravel road for about 33 kilometres to Kasika.

Upon completion, it will allow locals in flood-prone areas to have access to public services.

The first phase of the road, which was the construction of the 21,8 kilometres gravel road from Izimwe-Nakabolelwa, was completed last year, at a cost of about N$43 million.

Community members of the Kabbe South constituency have been suffering for many years because route DR 3524 is located in the Zambezi and Chobe river valleys, which makes it inaccessible during the rainy season and floods, and this makes life difficult for locals.

The deputy minister of works and transport, Sankwasa James Sankwasa, who was addressing the local community during a consultative meeting on Friday, expressed disappointment at the fact that the project which started in 2015 has not been completed because of resistance from the locals.

“I am not very pleased with the progress of this project because it was initiated in April 2015, and was supposed to be completed by now. Engineers were sent to start the work, but instead, we got a report that the people are rejecting the road. You jump up and refuse progress, and then say government is just for the Aawambo.

“I have toured this country, I have been to different regions. I lived at Oshakati before independence, and I know how the Aawambo transformed their independence into reality, which we are not doing in this region.

Here, we resist development because ‘this is my small field’, which is not even a hectare, even when compensation is offered for it,” he stated.

Sankwasa further noted that the completion of the road is very important because it will allow locals to have access to essential public services such as schools and health facilities, which they are unable to reach during floods. Therefore, the locals should not resist development, but assist in every way possible.

“The local community around here should provide free labour, and not only want to be compensated. Public interest should supersede your individual interest, hence you need to assist in any way possible for the betterment of your own children tomorrow.

“As they are planning, the engineers would depend on indigenous knowledge.

The engineers you see here know nothing about the floods that happened in 1974, so they have to depend on you to find out how deep this depression is,” he stressed, adding that they want to avoid a situation which happened on the Luhonono road, where the bridge that was constructed flooded right into a village, and also to avoid having graves excavated.

The chief executive officer of the Roads Authority, Conrad Lutombi, said the completion of the second phase of the road was also hampered by a lack of funds due to the financial crisis which government is facing.

“We were supposed to start the planning of this project last year, but unfortunately, as you are aware, as a country we have had economic headwinds. Therefore, we could not commence erecting temporary bridges at Ishuwa and other places.

However, we have appointed a team of engineers to start detailed designs of the road because we felt if we put a temporary structure which is not designed well, it will cause accidents,” he noted.

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