Lagos – Alhaji Musa Mohammed, Lagos State Chairman, Road Transport Employers Association of Nigeria (RTEAN), says the transport unions are collaborating with the state government on security at motor parks.
Mohammed, who made the assertion in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Thursday in Lagos, said the collaboration was to provide a secured environment for commuters.
Mohammed said that RTEAN had constituted committees and taskforces to conduct surveillance in all the motor parks to ensure that they were not only secured but also kept tidy.
“We are working hand in hand with the government so that parks and garages will be secured for commuters across Lagos State.
“Where there are crises, the government should immediately call on the union leaders to put an end to such.
“Any leader who refuses should be arrested and prosecuted.[pro_ad_display_adzone id=”70560″]
“Anywhere there is crisis, without our members, area boys could use such an opportunity to steal and destroy properties,’’ Mohammed told NAN.
According to him, RETEAN is supporting the government in reducing gridlock in the state by deploying its members to the roads during working hours to control traffic.
“We created a taskforce that goes round on daily basis to assess the performance and attitude of our members and their officers.
“About three officers and eight members had been arrested for misconduct. Some were suspended and others dismissed,’’ he said.
On unserviceable vehicles that were often used as armed robbers’ warehouse for guns and machetes used in perpetrating their evil acts,’ he said the association was dislodging them.
Mohammed told NAN that RTEAN taskforce on Ethics was empowered to sanction any member found guilty of immoral act.
The union leader appealed to the state government to develop technical schools, empower artisans and provide jobs for youths to curb the increasing rate of crime in the country.
Mohammed also commended the state government for the realisation of Mile 12-Ikorodu Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) corridor and appealed for more to ease traffic on other routes in the state.
The union leader advised other state governments to emulate Lagos State to ensure that traffic problem becomes a thing of the past in Nigeria. (NAN)