Sunday, January 29

NURTW UPDATE : Lagos Assembly urges implementation of parking policy

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The Lagos State House of Assembly has urged the Lagos State Parking Authority (LSPA) to immediately begin the full implementation of the state’s parking policy.

The Chairman, House Committee on Transportation, Hon. Temitope Adewale, made this known during a media briefing on Friday at the assembly in Lagos.

Gov. Babajide Sanwo-Olu had on Thursday night announced the suspension of all National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) activities in the state with immediate effect.

According to Adewale, the full implementation of the parking policies would reduce traffic congestion and ensure improved road safety in the state.

The lawmaker noted that with the recent suspension of the union and further take-over of the motor parks, the days of indiscriminate parking of commercial vehicles along major roads in the metropolis were numbered.

He said, “The Lagos State Parking Policy has been designed to decongest traffic and address climate change challenges.

”The policy which is created under the Transportation Reform Law was to create job opportunities and generate revenue for the state through issuance of parking tickets to defaulters.

“Hence, there should not be any contention over the steps being taken by the state government following the crisis currently rocking the union.

”This is because the legislative arm had been very proactive as it already passed a law creating the Lagos State Parking Authority (LSPA), which should now oversee activities at all the motor parks in the state.

”It is clear to state that all motor parks and their activities will be under the Lagos State Parking Authority as stipulated by law,” he said.

Adewale noted that at the stage the NURTW had found itself, the state had to take charge of the situation to avoid a breakdown of law and order.

He said by law, the LSPA should have a General Manager with the responsibility to manage the parks at the moment.

Meanwhile, notable chieftains of the union including the Vice President of NURTW, Alhaji Tajudeen Agbede; a former National Trustee, Alhaji Alamu Otegbeye, other past and present leaders of the union have expressed their support for the decision of the Lagos Council Chairman Alhaji Musiliu Akinsanya (aka) and members of the union in the state to withdraw their membership from the national body.

Agbede accused the national secretariat of creating problems in the Lagos state council by meddling into its affairs.

According to him, the constitution allows the state council to run the affairs of the state.

‘’It is the duty of the state secretary to give official monthly reports of activities of the state to the national Secretariat. But under this regime, the president (Alhaji Tajudeen Baruwa) wants to know and oversee Lagos State.  The President has no business about how the inauguration of branches and zones are been done.”

Agbede, who is the immediate past Chairman of the Lagos State Council, accused Baruwa of neglecting the structures of the union in going about his official duties.

Otegbeye, who is also Special Adviser to the national president, said leaders of the union won’t allow Baruwa to destabilise the state council.

He promised to join other leaders to expel anyone hobnobbing with Baruwa to destroy the Lagos State Council.

Former National Head of Women Affairs Comrade Bola Lemboye said the elders are backing Akinsanya’s action.

“We don’t want crisis in Lagos State. We won’t allow what happened in Ogun State to repeat itself in Lagos. We are peaceful people,” she said.

The pioneer Chairman of NURTW in Lagos State, Comrade Samuel Jonah, urged Baruwa to be guided by the union’s constitution in his action.

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