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Apelogun Congratulates Tinubu, Says Okada Remains Cheapest Means Of Commuting After Subsidy Removal



Amb. (Prince) Adebayo Samsudeen Apelogun – National President of Amalgamated Commercial Motorcycle and Tricycle Owners,

Temidayo Babalola

Amb. (Prince) Adebayo Samsudeen Apelogun, the National President of Amalgamated Commercial Motorcycle and Tricycle Owners, Repairers and Riders Association of Nigeria ACOMORAN, and GMD of Allrounder Groups, has congratulated President Bola Ahmed Tinubu GCFR on his victory at the Tribunal.

In a press release from his office, Apelogun asked the President and particularly the Honourable Minister of Transportation, Sa’idu Alkali to properly harmonise and strengthen every sub-sector of the transportation industry as Commuters now see motorcycles and tricycles as the cheapest means to their transportation needs, cushioning the effect of petrol subsidy removal, while the riders also see it as a source of livelihood, reducing the level of unemployment in the country.

He said, “We introduced uncompromisable enforcements mechanism to regulate riders’ attitude, adherence to Safety, compliance to traffic regulations, proper identification of riders and effective monitoring their operations to ensure local and national security is not breached.

“The Ministry of Transportation should foster collaboration with the Motorcycle and Tricycle Riders Association to create a special registration number with Riders’ codes that can be easily verified through any Mobile Telephone Network provider. The workability has being carefully explained on our website (, the adoption of the idea by the present government will give the transport sector a better operational leverage compared to what it was several years ago”

“Lagos Blue Rail line project and the Abuja Metro Line forms part of the standard transport systems, however, the use of Motorcycles for public transportation which started in Nigeria in the 1970’s in about 5 States, before spreading to Lagos and other States in the 1980s can not be undermined especially in the rural communities where road network are very poor and almost non existent where the food basket of Nigeria is located.

“The fact remains that Commercial motorcycles and tricycle unions rank among the front-liners in revenue generation in some states as well as one of the highest employers of labour in Nigeria considering the over 25 million membership strength. Hence, the importance of the impactful standardisation of the union which Prince Apelogun has embarked upon in the last five years.

“The transportation sector of any economy is always its backbone. This is the network that connects every part of a country together, it connects homes to religious gatherings, connects farms to markets and even connects students’ accommodation to schools however, Public transport is a critical means by which citizens can effectively access goods and services across the expanse of today’s cities.” Apelogun said.

The National President has religiously ensured that the Ministry of Transportation and other management staffs are carried along with the activities of the union in order to foster collaboration, evident in the timely and regular exchange of ideas and brainstorming on areas of interest with a view to building the transport sector and improving the union.

Apelogun, who is well known to many as “All Rounder” given the thick and thin he has been through in the days of core and the capacity to rise to prominence in the union, is believed to have a magic finger with a calm and gentle mien of achieving any set goal. Without delay, he put the machinery in motion to ensure he doesn’t disappoint his teeming supporters and well-wishers by commencing a nationwide consultation across the 36 states to find ways out of the woods for the union.

It is on record that under this dispensation in the ACOMORAN, all the 36 state chapters, including the Federal Capital Territory, are functioning effectively without any scores to settle with their respective state governments. This is due to the dynamic leadership of the man at the helm of the affairs of the union. Under the watch of Alhaji Apelogun, the union successfully conducted elections in Ogun, Oyo, and Osun states and successfully put new leaders in place.

It is on record that there had never been a time in the history of ACOMORAN before now that the union had a better relationship with relevant government agencies such as this. The Apelogun-led administration has been able to move ACOMORAN closer to government agencies in a way that has placed the entire union at a vantage point.

However, the efforts of the present leadership of ACOMORAN have changed public perception about commercial motorcycle and tricycle operators.

In Nigeria today, Alhaji Adebayo Shamsudeen Apelogun is without doubt writing his name in gold with his sterling leadership qualities through which he is driving the affairs of ACOMORAN for greater opportunities across the country and beyond the shores of Nigeria. And it would not be out of place to say that a model for other transport unions in the country is here!

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FG issues approval letter to Lagos on proposed Lekki-Epe Airport




L-R: Sam Egube, commissioner for economic planning and budget, Lagos State; Nike Aboderin, director, finance and account, Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN); Hadi Sirika, minister of aviation; Babajide Sanwo-Olu, governor, Lagos State, his deputy Obafemi Hamzat; Rabiu Yadudu, managing director, FAAN, and Ope George, director general, Public Private Partnership, Lagos State Government, during the opening ceremony of Ehingbeti Lagos Economic Summit 2022 in Lagos.

The federal government has issued approval letter to Lagos State government on the proposed Lekki-Epe cargoes and passengers Airport, Lagos.

The airport, when completed, is expected to cater for about 5m air- traveling passengers around Lekki, Ajah and Epe axis of Lagos state annually.

While officially handling over the approval letter for development of the airport to the Lagos state governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu yesterday at the opening ceremony of the 2022 edition of the Lagos Economic Summit tagged Ehingbeti in Victoria Island, Lagos, the Aviation minister, Hadi Abubakar Sirika, said, the state is qualified to embark on the project, looking at the cosmopolitan nature of Lagos.

The proposed airport, he said, is crucial, especially as the state embarked on its 30-year Development Plan to make the state the model mega city in Africa and one of the best in the world, adding that “the airport would be effective to link Lagos with Africa and the rest of the world, through the aviation industry. The Lekki airport is the right step in the right direction.”

To him, “aviation has the uniqueness to link markets and opportunities, which Lagos can offer.”

Giving her welcome Address earlier at the event, the Co- chair of Ehingbeti 2022, Mary Iwelumo, said, the Ehingbeti is an important platform for private and public sector stakeholders in Lagos State to engage around the State developmental agenda as it continues to be an invaluable tool for moulding the growth ambition of Lagos, having birthed several landmark projects in the State.

Stating that the focus of this year’s edition of Ehingbeti is “building and achieving consensus on the path to sustainable socio-economic development of Lagos State”.

Iwelumo, who is also a Partner at PwC Nigeria, said, “it is the intention of the economic summit group to introduce and officially launch the Lagos State Development Plan(LSDP 2052) – a holistic plan that clearly articulates initiatives that will guide the State’s ambition of becoming Africa’s Model Mega City, a Global, Economic and Financial Hub that is Safe, Secure, Functional and Prosperous”.

“With the growing youthful and vibrant population, there is no slowing Lagos down. Case in point, this year, based on the number and quality of start-ups, the Global Start-up Ecosystem index ranked Lagos as 81 of the top 1,000 startup cities, reflecting a +41 shift from it’s position in 2021.

“This is a substantial milestone as it is the first year where an African city (Lagos) made the global top 100 list. This is just one of many milestones recorded in Lagos. These successes will result in the migration of more people into the State. As Lagosians, we must be ready for this influx,” she pointed out.

The LSDP 2052- a plan for Lagosians by Lagosians, she said, is expected to play integral part in galvanising the vibrancy of Lagosians and sustaining the State’s growth trajectory for the next 30 years.

Similarly, the Commissioner for Economic Planning & Budget, Lagos State, Mr. Sam Egube, said Lagos is not progressing by luck or accident, it is evolving through the rigour of conversations and exchanges of ideas coming from platforms like Ehingbeti and the commitment of successive governments, who are determined to execute of resolutions reached at Ehingbeti.

“It is for this reason that we say in Lagos and argue everywhere we go that for the benefits of national growth, and nation building, Lagos should not be treated as just a state, but be accorded special status as a national asset. Lagos continues to lead the Nation in demonstrating what her future can be and indeed take her into the continent as we pursue the objective of the African Continental Free Trade Agreement.

“As long as the earth remains, we will continue to have challenges that have not been resolved yet alongside victories over challenges that are being achieved. Indeed, the plane will take off and fly despite the presence of gravity. Also, Investment decisions are taken due to observed opportunities and observed progress. That is the spirit of Lagos, that is the spirit of Ehingbeti,” he stressed.

The governor, Lagos State, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu, had earlier said that “around the world, cities are facing a combination of threats and opportunities that are amplified for globalisation, technology, climate change and even global pandemics like Covid-19”

“These threats and opportunities”, he said, “are often intertwined, meaning that, for example, climate change represents both a challenge to lives and livelihoods as well opportunities for innovation and reinvention”

Promising that the state is committed to planning and strategizing , not just for today, but for tomorrow as well, he believes that, the future of Lagos is in our own hands, assuring that the 30-year development plan is in the right direction in its continued march towards global governance and excellence.

” Without implementation, even the best of plans are of no use to anyone. After putting in the work to craft and articulate the plans, we must proceed to put in the hard work required to implement it, regardless of the difficulties and obstacles that will be forced. There are no impactful decisions that will be made without some measure of pain and sacrifice. This is where dedicated leadership is required. As a State government, we will provide the required leadership to move from plan to action, and to transform Lagos from megacity to model megacity,” he pointed out.

Looking forward, he said, Lagos State will continue to achieve its potentials,which will be built on resilience, its rich heritage of culture, innovation and entrepreneurship and most importantly, its people.

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Dana Apologizes To Passengers Says Our Passengers Safety Is Our Top Priority




Dana Air

Our aircraft with registration number 5N JOY operating flight 9J 344 from Port Harcourt to Lagos on 2nd of May 2022, was set to take off when the pilot in command noticed an anomaly which he queried with the Air Traffic Control (ATC) before embarking on a ramp return in line with our strict safety operating procedures

However, the impact on the brakes as a result of the aborted take off affected the aircraft tyres which sparked off while the aircraft was taxiing to repark

All 50 passengers onboard the aircraft disembarked safely and our maintenance team have immediately grounded the aircraft pending the conclusion of their investigations.

Once again, we sincerely apologize to all the passengers on the flight for the inconveniences caused due to the eventual cancellation of the flight.

At Dana Air, the safety of our passengers and crew will remain a top priority in all aspect of our operations and we will continue to operate in accordance with the civil aviation regulations and global best practices.

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Iyeru Swears In Eleven Branch Chairmen

…Lauds Gov. Abiodun’s Achievements





The Akeem Bodunrin-Iyeru led Park Management Services Ltd (PAM), on Thursday swear-in 11 branch chairmen.

Speaking on the occasion, Alh Iyeru urged the newly sworn in branch chairmen to be dutiful and be a good ambassador of the association.

“I want you all to see yourselves as servant leaders. This is a call to serve Ogun State. You are all expected to return to your various branches and carry other stakeholders along in the day-to- day activities in your branch. A tree can’t make a forest.

“Our association owe Gov. Dapo Abiodun-led administration a lot. His administration has been very supportive to our association. We must reciprocate the good gestures by contributing positively to the development of Ogun state,” he said.

Speaking further, Iyeru lauded the achievements of Gov. Abiodun in the areas of education, health, agriculture, social services and infrastructure in the last one year.

“From his records in the last one year, Gov. Abiodun has made remarkable strides in Education, Health, Agriculture and other key sectors without much funfare. We are blessed to have him at the helms of affairs in Ogun state,” Iyeru posited.

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