Gorvernor Babatunde Raji Fashola of Lagos State on Friday banned activities of National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) across the various motor parks in the state. The state Commissioner for Transportation, Mr. Kayode Opeifa, disclosed this in a chat with journalists in Alausa, Ikeja.
The briefing was also attended by his counterparts in the Justice and Information and Strategy Ministries, Mr. Ade Ipaye and Aderemi Ibirogba. The meeting was convened to highlight the operational mechanism for the newly signed Road Traffic Law in the state.
Mr. Kayode said, “The government recognises the right for NURTW members to associate. But it
believes that the motor parks should be made easy for those who want to carry out their business of commuting in the state to do so without interference.
“Henceforth, union activity is no longer allowed in all the garages in the state. What they need to do now is to operate the way other unions in the state operate, by using a recognised office.”
The commissioner revealed that the development also prohibits members of the NURTW from collecting money on the roads from commuters. He said drivers and conductors in Lagos will be required to wear uniform, adding that this is meant to improve the safety of lives and property within the state.
Lagos State New Transport law takes effects, NURTW has now been banned from collecting money from commercial buses( the yellow and black buses and all).
This is a nice development in the most populous state in Nigeria, hopefully with it, various acts of hooliganism that associate with the NURTW will be decreased. what do you think?