Oyo State Governor, Engr. Seyi Makinde has approved a 250-truck capacity parking space in Ibadan.
The Executive Chairman, Oyo State Traffic Management Agency (OYRTMA), Dr. Akin Fagbemi disclosed this at the weekend during a visit by officers of the agency to Ibadan toll gate.
The park which was sited at Sanyo area of the city is aimed at reducing the havoc caused on the the road by indiscriminate parking of haulage trucks on highways within the city.
Fagbemi said the governor’s approval was to enthrone sanity and discourage dangerous parking habit that is rampant among motorists at the toll gate and on other roads across the state.
Addressing the Chairman and members of Nigerian Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas (NUPENG) and other heavy duty vehicle operators at the toll gate, Fagbemi expressed the desire of the Makinde-led administration to have safe highways across the state.
He said: “Vigilance of everyone is safety for all, negligence of anyone is danger for all. It is the quest of the governor to ensure an extremely safe highway for the good people of Oyo State and its environs and this is why the governor recently approved a 250 capacity heavy and light duty vehicle park as our main Operations Center at Sanyo, Ibadan.
“This facility which has been abandoned for over eight years by past administrations can conveniently accommodate about 250 trailers and other small sized vehicles. If used to optimum capacity, it would significantly reduce the huge trailers traffic on our highway, ease traffic congestion and provide safety for the vehicles.
“The ripple effect of this is that it would enhance economic activities, encourage foreign and local investors as well as boost the overall economy of the state.”
Fagbemi thanked the governor for granting the approval of the facility which he said would function as the main operation center of the agency.
He also assured all relevant stakeholders in the state that the agency is working round-the-clock to secure befitting parks at strategic locations within the state.