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Lagosians react to ban of transport unions in motor parks

07 August 2012, 09:29

Lagos - Some residents of Lagos  have expressed divergent opinions over the ban on the activities of transport unions in motor-parks by the Lagos State Government.

While some of the residents said that the ban was good, others said it might hamper the security and safety of passengers.

NAN recalls that the Commissioner for Transportation, Mr Kayode Opeifa, announced the ban on Friday at a news conference.

A civil servant, Mr Ayo Olomola, applauded the government, noting that people had thought it was impossible to achieve.

``I never believed my ears when I heard the story because I thought no government in Lagos State can ban the activities of transport unions as they were involved in their success at the elections.

``I pray that the government would be able to stand by its implementation and enforcement to really sanitise the transport sector, `` Olomola said.

Mrs Maryln Ndubuisi, another civil servant, said that the ban was a welcome development.

She said that the excesses of the union members were not only affecting the transport operators but also passengers.

``I feel bad when some parts of the buses are damaged by the union members when either the driver or the conductor refuses to pay the supposed money.

 ``I was wounded in July when an NURTW member at Fadeyi fell the door of the bus I was sitting, in an attempt to extort money from a fast moving bus, `` Ndubuisi said.

A businessman, Mr Ismail Junaid, said that the ban was not necessary but that government should have regulated their activities as the unionists earned their living from the parks.

Junaid said that the ban might result to loss of jobs and affect the safety and security of innocent people.

``An idle hand is the devil’s workshop, ``he said.

A transport operator, Mr David Effiong, said that the ban was a welcome idea.

``I urge the government to help regulate union activities generally because if high union fees is imposed on us we are forced to increase fare and innocent passengers would be made to bear the brunt, `` Effiong said.

In spite of the ban, however, some union members, who did not put on uniforms,  still extorted money from motorists at bus stops and parks on Monday.

Meanwhile,  some members of the National Union of the Road Transport Workers (NURTW) on Monday besieged the State Secretariat, Alausa, Ikeja, protesting the ban.

An effort to get the union Chairman, Mr Tajudeen Agbede, to talk on the matter failed  as members claimed he was at a closed-door meeting with officers of the union. (NAN)

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