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Incessant clashes: Lagos Taskforce, NURTW map way forward

LAGOS State Environmental and Special Offense Unit (Taskforce) on Friday, met with the leaders of National Union of Road Transport Workers NURTW, over the recent friction which occured between both parties.

The meeting held in Agege area of Lagos in the morning had in attendance the state executive members and branch chairmen of the union.

The Taskforce Chairman, CSP Shola Jejeloye who led the meeting said it was to educate willing commercial bus drivers in order to reduce the high rate of disobedience to traffic rules and regulations in the State.

During the meeting which lasted for few hours, the Chairman promised to keep the operatives in check.

He said the meeting was part of the steps to resolve the misunderstandings between commercial bus drivers and the agency’s operatives.

He said, ‘’if truly we are to eliminate friction between commercial bus drivers in Lagos State and the Enforcement Team of Lagos Tasksforce, we must be ready to educate willing union members on what constitutes obstruction, driving against traffic and driving on BRT Lane.

“If this involves engaging other relevant government agencies, it won’t be a wasted effort if we desire sanity on Lagos roads”.

He added that the agency has created a team not only to monitor its operatives but also those using the name of Lagos State Taskforce to extort motorists and road users.

While promising more changes in the operations of the agency, CSP Jejeloye assured that it would all be in the best interest of Lagos State.

Appealing to his members for co – operation with the Lagos State Taskforce, the Chairman, National Union of Road Transport Workers (NUTRW), Alhaji Musiliu Akinsanya urged drivers not to pick commuters at places that are not designated as bus stops, eschew obstruction and driving on BRT lane and avoid driving against the traffic (one-way).

He urged the branch leaders to put mechanisms in place to ensure that union members are enlightened and that they do not obstruct traffic as well as remain considerate to other road users.

 

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