By John Meze
Axxela Limited otherwise known as Axxela, one of the sub-Saharan Africa’s preferred fast-growing gas and power portfolio company, sponsored and participated in Smart City drivers’ interactive workshop organised by the Lagos State Ministry of Transportation as well as the Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
The workshop, titled “Promoting Road Safety in a Smart City,” was organised to enable stakeholders discuss issues pertaining to the training, certification, and safety of all professional drivers within the private and public sectors across the state.
Mr. ‘Ladi Lawanson, the State Commissioner for Transportation, while delivering his welcome address, stated that “This event is a strategic step towards the achievement of the goals of the United Nations Decade of Action which, in its second pillar of action, recommends aggressive public enlightenment, training and re-training of all categories of road-users towards engendering safer roads for all.”
“It is important to complement the Bus Reform Initiative and road infrastructure developments of the state government by making necessary efforts to educate road users on the rules and regulations, as well as the consequences of violations of those rules. We believe that road safety is a priority and everyone’s responsibility.”
The event which was held at the Lagos State Government Secretariat, Alausa, had high level stakeholders from the public and private sectors, including Babatunde Paul Ruwase, Director-General of the Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry; Boboye Oyeyemi MFR, MNI, Corps Marshal/Chief Executive Officer of the Federal Road Safety Crops (FRSC); General Manager of the Lagos State Drivers’ Institute; AIG Chris Olakpe JP, MNI Rtd., Chief Executive Officer of the Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA).
Speaking on the significance of the event for Axxela, the Regulatory Liaison Manager, Henry Sanyaolu said: “As an organisation with a firmly entrenched safety culture across our business enterprise, we believe that collaborative efforts by relevant government agencies and private institutions promotes road safety discipline within the metropolis. We are extremely delighted to regularly participate in sensitisation programs which improve the safety and wellbeing of Lagos state’s denizens.”
Axxela is a Helios Investment Partners LLP portfolio company, and a designated natural gas shipper on the West African Gas Pipeline (WAGP). Axxela is also the pioneering private sector-led developer of natural gas distribution in Nigeria, delivering at peak 80 million standard cubic feet per day to over 160 industrial and commercial customers via a vast network of gas infrastructure. With over 280km in gas pipeline infrastructure built, Axxela provides unique energy solutions primarily through its subsidiaries: Gaslink Nigeria Limited, Gas Network Services Limited, and Central Horizon Gas Company Limited.