NURTW Appeals To Lagos Not To Relocate Motor Parks

Prior to the relocation of motor parks, The National Union of Road Transport Workers shares their thoughts and grief over the relocation and appeal  to the Lagos State Government to carry its leadership along with its proposed plan to relocate some motor parks from their present sites elsewhere

Mr. Tajudeen Agbede who is the chairman, Lagos State chapter of the union, made the appeal in Lagos.

Agbede said that the union had written several letters in the past to the state Commissioner for Transportation, Mr. Olanrewaju Elegushi on the need for both to synergise on the matter.

He said that the union told the organization that it was fundamental for the state government to constantly pass on the union’s experts along in its course of action design and use for the convenience of suburbanites in the state.

 “We wrote the government that before relocating and diverting our member’s activities from one park to another, the government should dialogue with us on the possible alternative location being proposed as motor parks.

“Such dialogue will afford us the opportunity to ascertain whether they are suitable for our members and their intending passengers during the road constructions,” he said

Agbaje lauded the state government for carrying along the union when it wanted to reconstruct Mosafejo-Oshodi and Yaba areas of the state.

“Our members have been operating well in areas allocated to them as motor parks without any complaints from them there.”

He said that his members were law abiding citizens and were also working with the state government to make Lagos a mega city.

The NURTW chairman appealed to intending passengers to patronise the alternative parks provided by the government rather than patronising illegal and roadside parks for their safety and security.

“When you patronise designated parks, the advantage outweighs the disadvantage,” he said.

He also advised passengers to always fill the manifest correctly before embarking on any journey.

Some of the drivers who spoke on the condition of anonymity appreciated their union officials’ efforts by always fighting for their interests.

“Gone were the days when commercial transport operators were treated like nobody but with this regime our welfare is paramount,” one of them said.

Some passengers said that the relocation of the parks to Mosafejo was adversely affecting them as they had to pay extra fares to get there.

Mrs. Taiwo Adewunmi said that she had to pay extra N150 from Mushin to Mosafejo to board a bus to Abeokuta.

“This is an additional expense for me. In the past l would have boarded a commercial bus to Abeokuta from Mushin and paid the same fare,” Adewunmi said.

Another passenger, Mr. Emmanuel Shokunbi, said it was not easy getting access to bus parks except one make inquiries.

The [assangers begged the administration to rush the temporary workers dealing with the engine parks for them to finish them on time.

The state government relocated four parks to Mosafejo, Mushin, Odi-Olowo, and Oshodi from their former locations.

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