LASG urges NURTW and RTEAN to cooperate with LAMATA to allow the smooth running of the First and Last mile bye initiative.
500 mini buses have been deployed to enhance passengers’ connectivity between inner and major routes in the State.
The State Govt says it will not tolerate any form of harassment from individuals or Unions on the smooth running of the buses.
The Special Adviser to the Governor of Lagos State on Transportation, Mr. Oluwatoyin Fayinka, has said that the First and Last Mile (FLM) initiative of the State Government is not negotiable.
Fayinka made the declaration at a consultative meeting with the Commissioner of Police, CP Hakeem Odumosu held on Wednesday at the State Police Command in Ikeja.
Also in attendance is the leader of the Nigerian Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) Lagos Chapter, Mr. Musiliu Akinsanya (MC Oluomo) and representative of Road Transport Employers Association of Nigeria (RTEAN), Mr. Albert Omotayo, Deputy Chairman (OPS).
Fayinka explained that the meeting was organised to further seek the full cooperation of the transport stakeholders in the State on the smooth operation of the First and Last Mile (FLM) Buses.
Fayinka urged both the NURTW and RTEAN to cooperate with the Lagos Metropolitan Area Transport Authority (LAMATA) for the smooth running of the FLM buses which have been deployed to some areas of the State.
While reiterating that the State Government will not tolerate any form of harassment from individuals or Unions on the smooth running of the buses along the designated routes, the Special Adviser charged LAMATA to fulfil the necessary obligations to the transport unions on the mode of operation.
Also speaking, the Commissioner of Police, CP Hakeem Odumosu, assured the stakeholders of his unflinching support by directing the Area Commanders and DPOs in all 20 Local Governments and 37 Local Council Development Areas in the State to ensure the safety of both commuters and the operators of the FLM buses.
Recall that the Governor of Lagos State, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu, had on the 18th May, 2021 launched 500 FLM Buses as well as 100 High-Capacity buses, to enhance passengers’ connectivity between inner and major routes in the State.