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Dr Muiz Banire (SAN)

Muiz is a member of Chartered Institute of Arbitrators London; Fellow, Institute of Transport Administration of Nigeria; Fellow of the Nigeria Institute of Management; Member, Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators; Member, Nigerian Universities Network Management Committee; Member, Editorial Committee of Nigerian Journal of Contemporary Law; Member, Editorial Committee of International and Comparative Journal of Peace and Environment; Member, Nigeria Bar Association and the International Bar Association etc. He is also a Registered Foreign Lawyer with the Law Society of England. He has more than 30 awards to his credit including the prestigious title MAN OF THE YEAR-2004 conferred on him by the Governing Board of Editors of the American Biographical Institute, Inc.

Muiz Banire in his capacity as the Honorable Commissioner for Transportation bore the responsibility of ensuring smooth transportation of goods and commuters in Lagos State, the economic nerve centre of the nation – Nigeria, which has an estimated population of about 15 million people. Both admirers and critics of the administration of Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu are unanimous that this young man discharged his official responsibility with absolute commitment and single-minded devotion.

As the Commissioner for Transportation, he oversaw the re-organization and development of all modes of transportation including rail, road and water transportation. He was party to the emergence of the much-appreciated Bus Rapid Transit (BRT), a mode of mass transit system which can cope with the ever dynamic population of Lagos State.

On road transportation, Banire introduced a lot of reforms, policies and programmes geared towards restoring sanity to the chaotic road transportation inherited by the erstwhile Administration of Asiwaju Bola Tinubu. Among them is the enforcement of rules on driving against the flow of traffic, re–introduction of the Bus – Routing system to check the use of commercial vehicles for criminal activities, instilling road discipline among all categories of road users, decongestion of traffic situation in Lagos and ensuring even distribution of commercial vehicles in all parts of the state. Majorly, the creation of LASTMA (Lagos State Traffic Management Authority) was his brainchild.

In addition, the Lagos State Ferry Services, which was lying prostrate at the inception of the former administration, received a new breath of life. It is to the credit of Dr. Muiz Banire that eight ferry boats were rehabilitated and operated to complement road transportation. The involvement of the private sector in running ferry services which was facilitated by him has brought healthy rivalry and competition to the sector.

Muiz served as the Commissioner for Environment from 2007 to 2011 under the first term of Babatunde Raji Fashola (SAN). During his period as the Commissioner for Environment several channelization programmes deflooding the State as well as battle against climate change were immensely carried out. Heaps of refuse in many places disappeared while blocked canals flew freely whilst the State was virtually turned into a garden city.

Due to his active legal practice and his contribution to the legal profession, the conferment of silk on Dr. Muiz Banire in 2015 was not a surprise.

What else do we say about this man besides that he is not lacking in familial responsibilities despite his availability for collective service. Muiz is married to Alhaja ‘Funmi Banire with the marriage blessed with four children, namely, Muiz (Jnr), Mardyat, Malik and Maryam.