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Lagos Govt. swears in 35-man caretaker committee after RTEAN’s suspension

By Monsurudeen Olowoopejo

Following suspension of the Road Transport Employers Association of Nigeria (RTEAN) operations in Lagos, the State Government has inaugurated a 35-man caretaker committee to oversee the activities of the parks and garages previously under the control of the transport union.

It said that the committee would be required to submit a monthly report of their activities to the office of the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Transportation, so as to properly appraisals their operations.

The Special Adviser to the Governor on Transportation, Sola Giwa, who conducted the swearing-in ceremony on Friday, stressed that the number one goal of the Committee is to maintain peace and tranquility in the State.

Addressing the newly inaugurated committee at the ministry in Alausa secretariat, Ikeja, Giwa warned members of the committee against operating outside their mandate.

According to him, the members must ensure that they stay within limits of the terms of reference handed over to the committee.

The governor’s aide stated that any abuse of their privileges would attract an outright dismissal and subsequent prosecution of the committee members.

In affirmation, the Permanent Secretary, Abdulhafiz Toriola, while reading the terms of engagement to members of the committee, stated that the members of the caretaker committee would be required to supervise activities in parks and garages that were formerly under RTEAN in the state.

Toriola meanwhile, said that the jurisdiction of the caretaker committee only covers commuter buses in the garages.

He disclosed that the caretaker committee would also be expected to broker peace amongst members of RTEAN in the state.

The chairman of the committee and the Oniba of Iba, Sulaiman Raji, promised that the committee would execute the task assigned to them by Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu dutifully without any complications.

Raji and other members were sworn in barely 24 hours after the government suspended RTEAN operations across the state.

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