Operatives of the Lagos State Environmental and Special Offences (Enforcement) Unit and the Lagos state branch of the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW), are set to work together in enforcement of the Lagos State Transport Sector Reform Law 2018 as amended.
This was disclosed by the Chairman of the Agency, CSP Shola Jejeloye, while welcoming the executive members of the NURTW (Lagos Branch), led by its Chairman, Alhaji Musiliu Akinsanya, popularly known as MC Oluomo, during a courtesy visit to the Agency.
In a statement signed by Adebayo Taofiq, the Head, Public Affairs Unit, Jejeloye stated that it was pertinent for NURTW to educate their members in different dialects on the need to comply with the State Traffic Regulations, warning 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 advised the Union to prevail on its members as the incessant cases of deaths recorded of innocent members of the public by commercial drivers attempting to evade arrests from the law enforcement officers after contravening stipulated laws is alarming.
He 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.
The Chairman of the Lagos Chapter of the NURTW, Mr Musiliu Oluomo, in his response, assured of his members’ readiness to work with the Agency in the area of ensuring strict adherence to the State Traffic Laws. He requested the collaboration of the Agency in the enforcement of the rules and regulations guiding the activities of motorists in the state.