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Sanwo-Olu may scrap NURTW, other transport unions in Lagos

By News Desk

Reacting to residents’ persistent complaints about activities of Transport unions on Lagos roads, the State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has threatened to scrap them if they failed to apply decorum in their conduct.

Sanwo-Olu stressed that the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) and Road Transport Employers Association of Nigeria (RTEAN) were not different from other unions operating in the state that could be proscribed.

The governor gave the warning during an interview on a television programme, where he enumerated achievements recorded by his administration in the last 200 days and plans been embarked upon to improve the standard of living in Lagos state.

While reeling his plans to strengthen Lagos Smart City status, Sanwo-Olu stated that his administration is committed towards delivering promises made to residents in the transportation sector and others to achieve his Greater Lagos vision.

The governor said: “The NURTW is a national body of the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC). It is a registered trade union.

“Like other unions, they are under the supervision of the state government. We regulate and supervise them. They would be proscribed if they don’t conduct themselves well.”

Further on his administration achievements in the last 196 days, the Governor said a lot of achievements have been recorded in the area of security of lives and property of the residents.

The Governor said: “At a period like this – going to the end of the year, criminal activities are usually on the increase because people want to do things to make quick money. We are working on salvaging the situation. We have a new Commissioner of Police who has hit the ground running from the first day he came in.

“You heard of the unfortunate incident of an expatriate that was stabbed to death by domestic staff recently. I was up till 2 am last Friday because we were tracking the suspects. The Commissioner of Police led the team and we were able to apprehend the two suspects.

“Policing and security come in two ways. It comes with intelligence. What kind of information do you have prior to or after the event. You really don’t know who has a criminal tendency by mere looking at their faces. We must have more men out there on the streets and we must have the ability to be able to respond when there is a distress call.

“That’s why we keep increasing the number of vehicles we provide for them. We keep supporting them with a lot of communication gadgets. We keep saying to them that whatever they need to be able to respond when the distress comes, which is often sudden, we’ll give to them. When we do the analysis, it will be an issue of how well we are able to track and get the perpetrators of these acts.”

The Governor reiterated his administration’s commitment to adopt technology to combat crimes and reduce them to the barest minimum.

He said: “One of the things we realise is that security is also going tech. You need a lot of technology and devices to monitor crimes, and whilst we are doing a lot of hard things, we are also building up technology. Next year, we are building a new Control and Command Center as part of our Safe City project and Mega City security deliverables. We are going to bring to Lagos all those security measures you see in developed Nations.

“At the first phase, we will install about 2,200 high definition cameras across the State. From a Close Circuit Television (CCTV), cameras we can view, review, monitor and track incidents as they happen. We will also train officials. These are some of the things that will happen in the first quarter of next year”

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