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Lagos NURTW appeals to govt. over relocation order



Lagos NURTW appeals to govt. over relocation orderLagos State National Union of Road Transport Workers Chapter on Wednesday appealed to the State Government to carry its leadership along with its proposed plan to relocate some motor parks from their present sites elsewhere.
Chairman of the NURTW chapter Mr Tajudeen Agbede, said that the union had written several letters in the past to the state Commissioner for Transportation, Mr. Olanrewaju Elegushi on the need for both to synergise on the matter.
According to him, the union told the government that it was imperative for the state government to always carry the union’s officials along in its policy formulation and implementation for the convenience of commuters in the state.
 “We wrote the government that before relocating and diverting our member’s activities from one park to another, the government should dialogue with us on the possible alternative location being proposed as motor parks.

“Such dialogue will afford us the opportunity to ascertain whether they are suitable for our members and their intending passengers during the road constructions,” he said

Agbaje praise the state government for carrying along the union when it wanted to reconstruct Mosafejo-Oshodi and Yaba areas of the state.

“Our members have been operating well in areas allocated to them as motor parks without any complaints from them there.”

He said that his members were law abiding citizens and were also working with the state government to make Lagos a mega city.

Lagos NURTW appeals to govt. over relocation order

He also appealed to passengers to patronize the alternative parks provided by the government rather than patronizing illegal and roadside parks for their safety and security.

“When you patronise designated parks, the advantage outweighs the disadvantage.”

Some of the drivers who spoke on the condition of anonymity appreciated their union officials’ efforts by always fighting for their interests.

“Gone were the days when commercial transport operators were treated like nobody but with this regime our welfare is paramount,” one of them said.

Some passengers said that the relocation of the parks to Mosafejo was adversely affecting them as they had to pay extra fares to get there.

Mrs. Taiwo Adewunmi said that she had to pay extra N150 from Mushin to Mosafejo to board a bus to Abeokuta.

“This is an additional expense for me. In the past l would have boarded a commercial bus to Abeokuta from Mushin and paid the same fare,” Adewunmi said.

Another passenger, Mr. Emmanuel Shokunbi, said it was not easy getting access to bus parks except one make inquiries.

The passengers appealed to the government to hasten the contractors working on the motor parks for them to complete them on time.

The state government relocated four parks to Mosafejo, Mushin, Odi-Olowo, and Oshodi from their former locations.

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