Lagos Taskforce offers to educate commercial bus drivers


Lagos State Environmental and Special Offense Unit (Taskforce) has offered to collaborate with the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) to educate willing commercial bus drivers.

This, it said, will help to reduce the high rate of disobedience to traffic rules and regulations in the State.

CSP Shola Jejeloye, the Chairman, Lagos State Environmental and Special Offence Unit (Taskforce), stated this today at a meeting with State Executives and branch heads of NURTW.

Jejeloye met the full house of the union leaders as part of the steps to bridge the misunderstandings between commercial bus drivers and the agency’s operatives.

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

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

He said 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 us that it would all be in the best interest of Lagos State.

Appealing to his members for cooperation 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 to avoid driving against the traffic (one-way).

Akinsanya 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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