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Lagos orders NURTW to leave motor parks

Lagos State Commissioner for Information & Strategy, Lateef Ibirogba (2nd right), addressing the journalists during a joint press conference on the newly enacted Lagos State Traffic Law on the Motorists and motorcyclists in the State, held at the Bagauda Kaltho Press Centre, Alausa Ikeja, Lagos, on Friday, August 3, 2012. With him are: Attorney-General & Commissioner for Justice, Mr. Ade Rahman Ipaye (right), his Transportation counterpart, Mr. Kayode Opeifa (2nd left) and Permanent Secretary, Motor Vehicle Administration Agency, Mr. Akin Hanson (left).

The Lagos State Government on Friday ordered members of the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) to vacate motor parks across the state immediately.

In a joint press conference by the Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Ade Ipaye, Commissioner for Transport, Kayode Opeifa and the Commissioner for Information, Aderemi Ibirogba, the government also ordered road transport workers’ union to operate from their registered offices and stop to hinder operators of commercial transport in the state.

The government also banned the collection of tolls on roads and highways by touts.

Mr Opeifa told journalists that the ban was in accordance with the provisions of the new road traffic law.

He said “henceforth, union activities are 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.

“They are meant to be in their offices; we recognise the right for them to associate but we believe that the motor parks should be made conducive to those who want to carry out their business of commuting in the state.

“No union member should be seen collecting money from transporters; it is illegal and we won’t take this any longer,” he said.

Mr Opeifa said the government would re-register motor parks in the state while unauthorised vehicles and illegal parks would not be allowed in the state’s transport system.

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  • segun asala

    truely holistic measure, unbelieveable after so many years people of Lagos State have been waiting for this… congratulations lagosian.
    thanks to lagos parliaments, if this is truely effective Lagos state will be change for better

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1417785487 Samola Bunga Dudu

    i love this administration for promulgating these laws.pls. no going back

  • 1adeoye

    There is room for more development like this. Kudos to the Governor that could think and transform our transport system; gradually Lagos is becoming Developed mega city. 

  • Emxjnr

    …..a magnificent development and indeed a twist in the way of life of the people of Lagos but my question is what happens to some of these touts and tugs who would eventually get off the roads and garages? What alternative measures are being put in place in terms of jobs and other things to keep them busy?
    I hope they wouldn’t in turn seek for worse alternatives to sustain themselves? 

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/AVJG5YN5WC33DH7T3L3BGY7MAU Edunjobi

       that is my concern as well

  • http://twitter.com/Bukola06333174 Bukola

    Great job.  The next set of gang to be grounded is the “Omo Oniles”  They sell parcels of lands and get full payment for same, then come to the site again to disturb workers and seize tools while construction is going on.  They should be stopped just like the NURTW

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/RAW3BWQO66GYEQS2TFHPJLMAFQ Oluwadare Michael

    Thank God. we will surely get there. I pray to God that they will not have access to come back.

  • onuigbo

    Local governments should manage motor parks in their areas with the Nigerian police monitor and protect all motor parks or other security agencies. With daily log of complaint by passengers. If this law sticks, Nigerians will breathe a shire of relief.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/2NB4YDZOSNCCLVN7UIK24O6ZY4 bralagba

    It is good that this is done now.  Afteral, Fashola has no “second term” consideration anymore, so he could do the needful. For years Lagosians have cried and expected these NURTW men to be controlled and put in their proper “office”. Thank  God that we are alive and have witnessed this.
    We are told these men (“Up National”) are Asiwaju’s people. We salute Fashola’s courage! 

  • Ayo Agindotan

    What took you guys so long! I have said this like 3 yrs ago! Arrest and detain 4ever any “Agbero” caught. Wake up Lagos!!

    • http://www.facebook.com/rowlandabbey Rowland Abbey

      Everything in life is step-by-step. I think, we need to commend Oga Fash, rather than blame him for assumed delay.

  • http://twitter.com/OyekanmiTaiwo1 Oyekanmi Taiwo

    Great job 

  • http://www.facebook.com/rowlandabbey Rowland Abbey

    you are in deed, one of the very few governors that really embrace true DEMOCRACY. May Almighty God continue to guide, guard and direct you in the right path IJN!

  • http://www.facebook.com/lasunadep Adepegba Olasunkanmi Abayomi

    Right step in right direction. But what of enforcement. They are still on the road side this morning. Many of those touts are sent by uniform police men. Go to oshodi, you will here, owo olopa, owo irole, owo chairman etc. Its a pity that the police that are backing them are going to enforce it. Am afraid the effectiveness of this in lagos.

    • Iyalade

      Great observation Adepegba. Enforcement is the word and checkmating the police and other collectors at the park.

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