The Lagos State Environmental and Special Offense Unit (Taskforce) has indicated its preparedness to collaborate with National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) to educate willing commercial bus drivers on Lagos State Traffic Law in order to reduce the high rate of disobedience to traffic rules and regulations across the state.
Aside from educating and sensitising willing commercial drivers, the task force also reiterated its commitment towards keeping in check and monitoring all officers under the unit in ensuring they maintain acceptable operational conduct.
The Chairman, Lagos State Environmental and Special Offense Unit (Taskforce), CSP Shola Jejeloye, gave the assurance on Friday at a meeting with State Executives and branch heads of National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) in Agege.
Jejeloye said that the meeting which involves the full house of the union leaders were part of the steps being taken by his leadership to bridge the misunderstandings between commercial bus drivers and the agency’s operatives and end protracted enmity.
He stated that ‘if truly we are to eliminate friction between commercial bus drivers in Lagos State and the Enforcement Team of Lagos Tasksforce, 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 added that the agency has created a sub-team to monitor its operatives also those using the name of Lagos State Taskforce to extort motorists and road users across the state. While promising more changes in the operations of the agency, Jejeloye assured that it would all be in the best interest of Lagos.
Appealing to his members for cooperation with the Lagos State Taskforce, NUTRW Chairman, Musiliu Akinsanya, known better as MC Oluomo, urged drivers not to pick commuters at places that are not designated as bus stops.
He also advised them to eschew obstruction and desists from driving on BRT lane and to avoid driving against the traffic (one-way).
He urged 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.