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LASG PRESIDES OVER RECONCILATORY MEETING OF NURTW, RTEAN

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… 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.

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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.

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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.

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RTEAN sponsored thugs to attack NURTW members – MC Oluomo

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Jimoh Buhari, the spokesman for the Lagos State Chairman of the National Union of Road Transport Workers, Musiliu Akinsanya, aka MC Oluomo, has s aid men of a rival union in the state attacked NURTW officials in the Obalende area in a bid to take over the park.
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Buhari, who spoke with The PUNCH on Thursday, said there are more than one transport unions in the state.
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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.
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The PUNCH had earlier reported that gunshots were heard this morning when the men in yellow and green uniforms stormed the area.
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The development caused chaos in the ever-busy area as motorists and commuters scampered to safety.
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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.
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“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.
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“We have like three unions in Lagos but there are two major unions –NURTW and RTEAN.
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“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.”
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The spokesperson for Lagos State Police Command, Muyiwa Adejobi, confirmed the incident.
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“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

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L-R: Chairman, Lagos State Task Force, CSP Shola Jejeloye with Chairman, NURTW Lagos State Branch, Alhaji Musiliu Akinsanya (a.k.a MC Oluomo).

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.

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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.

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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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LAGFERRY hosts capacity workshop for management staff, MD highlights agency’s achievements

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LAGFERRY hosts capacity workshop for management staff, MD highlights agency’s achievement

The Managing Director/CEO of LAGFERRY, Hon Abdoulbaq Ladi Balogun while making the opening remark at the capacity building workshop for the Management Staff of LAGFERRY with the theme: Resilient Sailing for Sustainable Economy held on Saturday
Lagos State Ferry Service (LAGFERRY) hosts capacity workshop for management staff, MD highlights agency’s achievements

The Lagos State Ferry Service (LAGFERRY) has flagged off a 2-day workshop with the theme: Resilient Sailing for Sustainable Economy, organized for the Management staff of the agency at the Mile 2 Jetty Lagos on Saturday.

Managing Director LAGFERRY Hon Abdoulbaq Ladi Balogun addressing participants at the Lagos State Ferry Service (LAGFERRY) 2-day workshop with the theme; Resilient sailing for sustainable economy

The Managing Director/CEO of LAGFERRY, Hon Abdoulbaq Ladi Balogun in his opening remark gave an overview of the agency’s activities in the outgone year 2020 despite the COVID-19 pandemic outbreak in the early quarter of the year. He said “this Workshop, with the theme; Resilient Sailing for Sustainable Economy for a greater Lagos” is being organised to review the success of Y2020 with a view to strategically position LAGFERRY for the challenge ahead in Year 2021 in order to develop a resilience Sailing economy for the State in line with the T.H.E.M.E.S Agenda of the State Government”.

Hon Balogun stated that “the need to create an instant alternative and decongest the road saw to the procurement and commissioning of 8 new state of the art boats by the State Governor, Mr Babajide Sanwoolu in february 2020 at Badore, Ajah. This kick-starts our journey to ensuring Lagos commuting public is transported by the waterways. The agency commenced operations from 6 major routes by deploying 12 boats immediately after the launch and this began our Y2020 success story” LAGFERRY boss averred.

He also highlighted major achievements “it is gratifying to note that the deliberate commitment of Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu’ s adminstration to engender intermodal transportation system took instant shape as Lagosians took to water transportation and LAGFERRY began to record unprecedented milestones despite the disruptions of the novel corona virus pandemic which necessitated some months of lockdown”.

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“We were averaging daily commuting of between 800 to 900 passengers and by the month of June we had ferried our 60, 000th passenger and by September we celebrated our 100, 000th in the person of Mr Murtala Balogun”.

“Today I can proudly tell you that we had commuted over 200, 000 passengers within 150 days of operation in the Year 2020”.

“In the same year, one of our boats, MV Ayangburen, christened the sea warrior of water transport accomplished a feat of completing 22 trips in 7 hours 6 minutes”.

“A total number of 2,857 persons have been commuted on our chattered services to different part of the State for pleasure, recreation and business”.

“Other achievements worth mentioning includes expansion of operational services to Epe, Badagry, Agbowa-Ikosi, Agbara and Ibeju-Lekki, contributing 38% of the water transportation index to the transportation matrix of the state, improving water transportation contribution to Lagos GDP from 0.2% to 0.8%, paying high premium to safety and achieving accident free record”.

Cross section of participants at the workshop

“We are all aware of the deplorable state of the Apapa road that is making it impossible for businesses to transact their trade seamlessly. LAGFERRY has being assisting in ensuring ease of doing business by providing innovative logistics solution for cargoes of corporate Lagos through the waterways”.

“Between January and December 2020, we have successfully moved 41,040 trucks from our terminal. 2308 cleared goods containers have been received from the port. 941 containers have been loaded back to the port. We have also been able to create 284 employments directly and indirectly”.

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“The mandate given to us by Mr. Governor to move 30% of Lagosians by the waterways in order to decongest the road is well understood, we equally understand the enormous responsibility and challenge before us for the new year, this is exactly the reason for organizing this workshop”.

“Let me use this medium to once again commend and appreciate Mr. Governor for his commitment to water transportation and his unwavering support to LAGFERRY, assuaging to our request for more boats to meet increasing commuting demands by procuring seven additional boats, thereby increasing our boat fleet to 20”

“we are focus, charged and determined to drive his vision for a greater Lagos”

Chief Resilient Officer of the Lagos State Resilience Office (LASRO), Arc. Gbolahan Oki making the keynote address at the Workshop

The Keynote speaker, Chief Resilient Officer of the Lagos State Resilience Office (LASRO), Arc. Gbolahan Oki in his address stated that the workshop is very apt and cannot be organized at a better time than now when there is a growing need to decongest the roads by developing other alternative modes of transportation that will be sustainable and one of which is water-transportation.

Chief Oki averred that “as a resilient city, the administration of Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu has been proactive in implementing various resilient policies towards bringing a total reform to the transport sector and the development of water transportation is an integral part of this”.

The Chief Resilient Officer of the State noted that the state government’s huge investment in water transportation is premised on achieving a multimodal transport system that will not only help to tackle constant traffic gridlocks in the metropolis, but meet the transport needs of an estimated population of over 26 million people in the emerging Smart city of Lagos.

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“It is therefore gratifying to note that a workshop like this is organized at this early part of the year for the Management team of LAGFERRY, knowing fully that civil servants are the drivers of various reform initiatives of the State government and the importance of training and retraining of personnel cannot be over emphasized” opined Chief Oki

The Managing Director Lagos State Ferry Service (LAGFERRY) presenting a souvenir to the Chief Resilient Officer of the Lagos State Resilience Office (LASRO), Arc. Gbolahan Oki at the 2-day workshop for Management staff of LAGFERRY with the theme; COVID-19 Economy: Resilient Ferry Operations for A Greater Lagos

He also commended the Managing Director of LAGFERRY, “I therefore commend the Managing Director, Lagos State Ferry Services and the Management staff for thinking outside the box and recognizing that a trained and well-focused workforce is crucial to achieving a 21st century water transportation system that is safe, secure and adds value to the socio-economic growth of the state”.

“I sincerely commend Hon Abdoulbaq Ladi Balogun for his resilience, passion, commitment and leadership quality, which is impacting positively on the operational efficiency of this agency” asserted by the State’s Chief Resilience Officer”.

He also advised the Management of LAGFERRY to put in place necessary safety and security measures that would help build trust and confidence of the commuters and operators by ensuring that they observe all safety measures in their operations, especially the wearing of safety jackets and other safety kits, irrespective of class or social status of your clients.

The 2day-workshop capacity building for Management staff of LAGFERRY will be concluded on Sunday

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