Lagos - The Trade Union Congress of Nigeria (TUC) said on Tuesday that it was reviewing the operation of its mass transit buses toward providing effective and efficient services.
Chief John Kolawole, TUC’s General Secretary, made the disclosure in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos.
Kolawole said that as part of the review exercise, the union two weeks ago withdrew all its buses from plying Lagos metropolis.
TUC had on May 21 launched its mass transport service with 150 new luxury buses bought through a N2.5 billion loan obtained by the congress from the Infrastructural Bank (formerly Urban Development Bank), and guaranteed by the Federal Government.
NAN reports that 100 of the buses were deployed for intra-city transportation in the Lagos Metropolis.
“We will soon begin operations. It is true that the buses have been off the roads for two weeks because we are reviewing our operations,” Kolawole said.
He assured that the buses would resume operations with more efficient and effective services.
However, some commuters expressed surprise that the congress suspended the operation of the buses four months after it was launched.
Mr Emmanuel Igeh, a businessman, told NAN that he was getting used to the services of the TUC mass transit buses when it stopped operation.
“Since the buses started plying Abule-Egba/Oshodi route, it has reduced the length of commuters' queues being experienced at Iyana-Ipaja bus stop. Whenever we come out in the morning, the TUC buses are already waiting to take commuters,” Igeh said.
Miss Helen Eluma, a student, also said that the withdrawal of the buses had affected commuters who were already getting used to not waiting too long at designated bus stops.
Eluma urged the congress to hasten the review of its operations, noting that the buses were complementing the bus rapid transit (BRT) buses that were not enough for commuters.