Breaking: Lagos Govt Bans NURTW, Places RRS on Alert Following Violent Clashes

Breaking: Lagos Govt Bans NURTW, Places RRS on Alert Following Violent Clashes

  • The Lagos state government has taken strong action regarding the activities of the National Union of Road Transport Workers in the state
  • The activities of the union have been suspended indefinitely following violent clashes in some areas within the state
  • Also, the government ordered the Rapid Response Squad to deploy personnel and mount strategic positions in the affected areas

Lagos state- On Tuesday, January 25, the Lagos state government, suspended the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW), activities at Eyin Eyo, Church Street and Idumota Bridge, in Lagos Island, indefinitely.

The indefinite suspension became necessary following violence in those areas, Vanguard reports.

Special adviser to the governor on transportation, Oluwatoyin Fayinka who announced the suspension stated this at a stakeholders meeting.

Breaking: Lagos Bans NURTW, Places RRS on Alert Following Violent Clashes
Governor Sanwo-Olu bans NURTW, places RRS on alert following incessant street fights. Photo credit: The Lagos State Government
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The meeting which comprises of NURTW, Central Business District (CBD), and Lagos State Market Women Association (Iya Oloja General and Iya Oloja of Lagos Island) was held at Alausa, Ikeja, to address the crisis often caused by activities of transport union members.

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Further actions

Fayinka further stated that the Rapid Response Squad (RRS), has been directed to deploy Armoured Personnel Carrier (APC) on Idumota Bridge to deter motorists from driving against traffic in compliance with traffic rules and regulations.

Also suspended are the activities of the transport union at Church Street and John Street, particularly Keke Marwa and Mini Buses (Korope).

Fayinka added that the RRS, in collaboration with the state police command, will ensure the safety of lives in the area.

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Meanwhile, had earlier reported that Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos state has approved free rides on Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) corridors on Christmas and New Year days for all residents.

The buses will be available for free rides on Saturday, December 25, 2021 and Saturday, January 1, 2022, in celebration of the festive season.

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A statement signed by the managing director, Lagos Metropolitan Area Transport Authority (LAMATA), Engr. (Mrs.) Abimbola Akinajo, said the free commuter bus services are being offered to Lagosians in the spirit of joy, love and peace which the festive season signifies.

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