The Lagos State Government has indefinitely suspended the activities of the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) in Eyin Eyo, Church Street and Idumota Bridge due to the recent violence in these areas.
Special Advisor to the Governor on Transportation, Hon. Oluwatoyin Fayinka, made this known in a statement made available to journalists on Tuesday, saying that the decision was taken with the aim of achieving one of the cardinal objectives of the THEMES agenda of the current administration of the Lagos State with regards to safety and good. Governance under Traffic Management and Transport.
According to him, the decision was taken during a meeting of stakeholders convened to deal with the crisis often caused by the union’s activities, and comprising NURTW, the Central Business District (CBD) and the Women’s Association of Lagos State Market (Iya Oloja General and Iya Oloja of Lagos Island), which took place at the Bagauda Kaltho Press Center on Monday.
Fayinka said the ban was imposed to prevent further violence in Idumota, adding that the Lagos State Parks Supervisory Authority would resume in Eyin Eyo.
Fayinka further said that the Rapid Response Squad (RRS) would station an Armored Personnel Carrier (APC) on the Idumota Bridge to deter motorists from driving against the current in accordance with the rules and regulations of the traffic and to apply the suspension of the NURTW in the axis and simultaneously flush out the Oju Opake boys hiding along the Plaza around the axis of Church Street.
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He also announced the suspension of transport union activities in Church Street and John Street especially Keke Marwa and Mini Buses (Korope), adding that the RRS, in conjunction with the State Police Command, would ensure the safety of lives in the area. .
“State security officers are on red alert to ensure the safety of lives and property on Lagos Island and surrounding areas,” Fayinka said.
Appreciating the stance just taken by the State Government, the Iya Oloja, Lagos Island, Alhaja Risikat Odumosu, while expressing their displeasure at the indiscriminate looting and destruction of their property in shops in the area of Idumota, pleaded with the state government to come to their rescue, saying that they would not back down and watch their properties being destroyed by disbelievers they had never seen before.