The Chief Executive Officer, Primero Transport Services, Mr Fola Tinubu, has said that there is no increment in the Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) fares in Lagos State due to the effect of the COVID-19.
Tinubu explained that priority was only amended as given to long-distance journey was highly considered.
Fola made this known during a radio interview on Traffic Radio yesterday in Lagos while discussing the issue of transportation and COVID-19 pandemic.
The CEO stated that the company has no reason at all to increase the fare considering the effect of the COVID-19 pandemic on Lagosians.
“We did not increase the BRT fares as against what people are saying that the company has done such despite the COVID-19 effect.
|The Chief Executive Officer, Primero Transport Services, Mr Fola Tinubu|
“What we did was to prioritise the journey in a way that long-distance journey is given priority against short distance.
“Of course, we know the effect of the COVID-19 pandemic on Lagosians; hence, we cannot increase the fare at all,” The CEO said.
Meanwhile, Tinubu urged its commuters to latch on digital payments instead of cash amidst COVID-19 pandemic.
Tinubu noted that the use of cards is safer especially during this COVID-19 pandemic period, as there will be no need to touch the money someone else had touched earlier.
He showered encomiums on the Lagos State government regarding the strategies and precautionary measures taken to ensure that the spread of the COVID-19 virus is contained in the state
LASG PRESIDES OVER RECONCILATORY MEETING OF NURTW, RTEAN
… Peaceful Resolution Reached Over Park Operations
The Special Adviser to the Governor on Transportation, Mr. Oluwatoyin Fayinka, on Monday, presided over a reconciliatory meeting between the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) and Road Transport Employers Association of Nigeria (RTEAN) where representatives of both parties reached agreement over park operations in the State.
In his opening remarks at the meeting held in Ikeja, the Special Adviser said the meeting was called consequent upon the recent clash between both parties at Obalende, Lagos, noting that the development was worrisome due to the fact that both parties had cohabited peacefully for a long time, hence the need for an immediate resolution to forestall a reoccurrence.
Fayinka, therefore, implored the two parties to settle the dispute amicably, urging them to make necessary concessions and agree to enhance the peaceful resolution of their differences and ensure that peace reigns across parks in Lagos State.
Responding, the Lagos State Branch Treasurer for NURTW, Mr. Mustapha Adekunle (Sego), stated that the disagreement was about the control of park unit operations as agreed by both parties, explaining that the operation of tricycles in one of the Units under the control of RTEAN was disrupted by NURTW for their minibus operations.
Corroborating the Treasurer’s claim, the State Chairman, NURTW, Alhaji Musiliu Ayinde Akinsanya, (MC Oluomo), added that the boundary operations crisis that ensued between the Unions could have been averted, just as so many other issues that could have degenerated into crisis had been amicably settled in the past.
He, therefore, reiterated the need for the peaceful coexistence of both parties in Lagos State, suggesting a periodic meeting of stakeholders of NURTW and RTEAN to resolve areas of disagreements before it degenerates in order for peace to reign.
On his part, the State Secretary of RTEAN, Mr. Amusan Olalekan, maintained that the clash was avoidable going by the agreement of both Unions in maintaining the peace between them, noting that the crisis would have been averted if Union Leaders of both parties had taken proactive measures at resolving issues immediately they ensued.
The Vice-Chairman, Lagos State Chapter of RTEAN, Chief Gbenga Elesho, however, informed that the taking over of some parks, which were initially under the control of his union, by NURTW was one of the reasons for the clash.
At the end of the lengthy deliberations, both parties agreed that pending the return of Tricycle operations by NURTW at Obalende, RTEAN will continue with the operation of their minibuses with welfare fees paid to NURTW. A peace agreement will be signed by both parties at the Ministry of Transportation on Tuesday, 16th February, 2021.
Also present at the meeting were the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Transportation, Mr. Kamar Olowoshogo; Director, Transport Operations, Engr. Abdulafiz Toriola and other Management Staff of the Ministry of Transportation as well as members of NURTW and RTEAN in the State.
RTEAN sponsored thugs to attack NURTW members – MC Oluomo
Jimoh Buhari, the spokesman for the Lagos State Chairman of the National Union of Road Transport Workers, Musiliu Akinsanya, aka MC Oluomo, has said men of a rival union in the state attacked NURTW officials in the Obalende area in a bid to take over the park.
Buhari, who spoke with The PUNCH on Thursday, said there are more than one transport unions in the state.
He said operatives of a rival union, the Road Transport Employers’ Association Of Nigeria, stormed NURTW park in Obalende this morning with weapons in order to take over toll collection at the park.
The PUNCH had earlier reported that gunshots were heard this morning when the men in yellow and green uniforms stormed the area.
The development caused chaos in the ever-busy area as motorists and commuters scampered to safety.
When asked whether the melee was a clash between NURTW factions, Oluomo’s aide said, “That is a mix-up, it was the other union (RTEAN) that went to Obalende to attack our men, NURTW men.
“Each of the unions has its own garage that it is operating within. But Road Employee union whose members put on yellow uniform went to attack our men who put on a white and green uniform.
“We have like three unions in Lagos but there are two major unions –NURTW and RTEAN.
“One of them was caught and handed over to the police and he said it was the chairman of RTEAN, Musa Mohammed, who sent them to take over NURTW garage at Obalende.”
The spokesperson for Lagos State Police Command, Muyiwa Adejobi, confirmed the incident.
“Normalcy has been restored to Obalende, the command will make a statement on it soon,” he said
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NURTW MEETS TASK FORCE, SET TO COLLABORATE ON TRAFFIC ENFORCEMENT
The operatives of the Lagos State Environmental and Special Offences (Enforcement) Unit (Taskforce) is set to collaborate with the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW), Lagos State Branch, in enforcing the Lagos State Transport Sector Reform Law 2018 as amended.
Chairman of the Agency, CSP Shola Jejeloye, disclosed this while welcoming the executive members of the NURTW (Lagos Branch), led by its Chairman, Alhaji Musiliu Akinsanya (a.k.a MC Oluomo), during a courtesy visit to the Agency.
CSP Jejeloye stated further that it is pertinent for the Union to educate their members in different dialects on the need to comply with the State Traffic Regulations, stressing that the operatives would not tolerate excesses of commercial bus drivers whose illegal activities cause traffic gridlock to other road users by loading or off-loading of passengers at undesignated bus stops across the State.
He said, “We must all work together to checkmate the recalcitrant commercial bus drivers among them, causing unnecessary obstructions on Lagos roads, as well as those driving on BRT corridors and plying the one-way road in flagrant disobedience to the Lagos Traffic Law”.
The Chairman averred that the Government would not condone the killing of innocent members of the public by commercial bus drivers trying to evade arrest from the law enforcement officers after contravening the stipulated rules and regulations on the roads.
He, therefore, urged the delegation to support the government in screening out the criminally-minded drivers, especially those who use their commercial vehicles to rob innocent members of the public, an act which is popularly referred to as ‘One- Chance’.
While imploring the team to compel their members to always make use of garages provided by the government and desist from using illegal bus-stops, roadsides and drainage alignments as loading points across the State, CSP Jejeloye said the Lagos State Commissioner of Police, CP Hakeem Odumosu, has directed that any arrested traffic offenders would be charged to court and prosecuted to the full extent of the law.
Earlier in his address, the Chairman of the National Union of Road Transport Workers (Lagos Branch), Mr. Musiliu Akinsanya (a.k.a MC Oluomo) requested the collaboration of the Agency in the enforcement of the State Traffic Law.
According to him “Our union members are ready to work with your Agency in the area of ensuring strict compliance with the State Traffic Laws across the State”.
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