The operational headquarters of the Lagos Computerised Vehicle Inspection Service (LACVIS) in Ojodu, was livened on Tuesday December 18, 2018 as 8 professionals from different walks of life were unveiled as LACVIS Safety Ambassadors.
The ambassadors unveiled are: Mr Adenusi Patrick- CEO of Towdah Ltd; Mrs Adebowale Ganiat Yusuff – OAP and Broadcast Journalist; Mr Yinka Adebayo -Executive Director MediaReach; Mr Suliamon Adio Oladele Aka (Atawewe) – Musician, Olorogun John Odafe Asiemo (Aka Daddy Showkey) – Musician; Asiwaju Jacob Fayeun- NATA Chairman; Alh Marufu Adebayo Arowolo -MOMTAN Chairman; and Mr. Yinka Aderibigbe.
The LSA project, which was implemented in partnership with the Directorate of the Vehicle Inspection Service(VIS) is a pioneer scheme set up to work with individuals across all sectors that are promoting and institutionalizing safety, especially on the roads.
It is an advocacy project to encourage motorists to imbibe a high maintenance culture of their vehicles through voluntary presentation of their vehicles for inspection at any of the LACVIS Centres across Lagos State.
The appointees, who have pursued safety related issues and causes in their professional endeavor, were nominated through a stringent process by a panel of safety and auto experts.
At the unveiling of the ambassadors, the appointees were requested to use their platforms to further promote causes on road safety, sustainable environment and computerized vehicle inspection as the pathway to reducing carnage on the roads.
In his opening remarks, the Director of VIS, Engr. A.G Toriola, said that safety is a collective responsibility which the VIS, or any individual can’t do alone. He emphasized the need for all stakeholders to join hands to preach the gospel of safety on the roads.
He said the LSA was instituted to ensure that all road users drive carefully and imbibe the spirit of safety.
In his welcome address, the MD of LACVIS, Prince Segun Obayendo, stated that the ambassadors were being honored for their role in advocating and institutionalizing road safety.
The Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Transportation Dr. Taiwo Salami charged the ambassadors to take their responsibilities very serious. He noted that the ambassadors can arrest erring motorists.
He also admonished the association of auto mechanic present at the occasion to ensure that their members discharge their duty with utmost professionalism and integrity.
While declaring the event open, the Commissioner of Transportation Hon. Ladi Lawanson, charged the ambassadors to take their assignments seriously and serve as role models that others can emulate in terms of safety.
The event was not just about the unveiling the ambassador as the Commissioner for Transportation and the Permanent Secretary initiated calls to two random customers who voluntarily brought their vehicles to LACVIS for inspection.
They commended the customers for their commendable acts and effort at ensuring that Lagos roads are safer.
Another side attraction of the event is the duet between Daddy Showkey and Atawewe. The spontaneous duet called on Lagosians to bring their vehciles to LACVIS Centres for inspection.