The Lagos State Environmental and Special Offence Unit, popularly known as Taskforce, has indicated its preparedness to collaborate with the National Union of Road Transport Workers, NURTW, to educate willing commercial bus drivers to reduce the high rate of disobedience to traffic rules and regulations in the State just as it restated its resolve to keep its operatives in check.
The Taskforce Chairman, CSP Shola Jejeloye stated this at a meeting with State Executives of the NURTW in Agege. CSP Shola Jejeloye who was meeting 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, stated that “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, If this involves engaging other relevant government agencies, it won’t be a wasted effort if we desire sanity on Lagos roads”.
He explained that the agency had 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 the NURTW that it would all be in the best interest of Lagos State.
Appealing to his members for cooperation with the Lagos State Taskforce, the NURTW State Chairman, 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 traffic popularly called one-way.
He advised 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.