Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Firm to partner FG on Lagos-Ibadan Expressway surveillance

An information directory firm, 7411 Bureau of National Directory
Information, has expressed its readiness to partner with the Federal
Government on effective traffic control during the yuletide and for
the duration of the re-construction of the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway.
The company said the partnership would also ensure smooth and
gridlock-free movement on the expressway, according to a statement by
the Chief Executive Officer of the company, Mr. Desmond Okeowo, on
In a proposal to the Minister of Works, Mike Onolememen, through the
Director, Federal Ministry of Works, South-West, Kabir Abdullahi, the
7411 Directory operator said its world-class call centre would be
opened during the yuletide for road users.
This, he said, would enable motorists to have "effective interactive
conversations with call centre executives on road updates, traffic
snarls, roadside help and recovery, accident and emergency updates,
ambulance dispatch and help telephone numbers."
He said, "In line with the minister's plans, the whole exercise is to
give a hitch-free travel experience to road users around the festive
Okeowo said the firm's control room operators would contact the
24-hour surveillance team every hour and would relay appropriate
messages over the telephone to motorists.
He said, "It will also be in the arrangement that accident scenes be
reported so the 7411 Bureau of Information can feed other road users
with such information before they set out on their journeys."
According to him, massive gridlock and traffic jams abound on the
highways because travellers and road users don't get up-to-date
information before they set out.
"But that will be a thing of the past as we are set to help ourselves," he added
Okeowo urged road users to be vigilant, maintain speed limits and to
kindly call 7411 and report scenes of accidents or any irregularities
on the road while they commute.
"This is what we call 'Generous caller feedbacks' that will allow us
share such up-to-date information with other road users when they call
us too. Our aim primarily is just to save lives and be our brothers'
keepers," Okeowo said.

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