Lagos bans touting at motorparks

The Lagos State Government has placed a ban on touting and other extortionate activities of members of the Nigeria Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) at garages and motor parks within the metropolis.

Kayode Opeifa, the Commissioner for Transportation, who disclosed this at a news conference in Ikeja on Friday, said that the ban is in line with the new traffic law in the state.

He said that the activities of some members of the union, notoriously known as “agbero”, obstructs peaceful operations of transporters at the parks and the government would no longer tolerate them.

“Henceforth, union activities are no longer allowed in all the garages in the state; what they need to do now is to operate the way other unions in the state operate.

“They are meant to be in their offices; we recognise the right for them to associate but we believe that the motor parks should be made conducive for those who want to carry out their business of commuting in the state.

“No union member should be seen collecting money from transporters; it is illegal and we won`t take this any longer,” he said.

Mr. Opeifa said that the government would soon begin the re-registration of motor parks in the state with a view to ensuring that transporters operate only at designated parks.

The commissioner explained that the government is taking the step to address security issues arising from the operations of unauthorised vehicles at illegal parks.

Mr. Opeifa said that the new traffic law is the government’s strategy to address traffic congestion, urging residents to comply voluntarily to make it successful.

Ade Ipaye, Commissioner for Justice, and Aderemi Ibirogba, Commissioner for Information and Strategy, were also present at the briefing.

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