Lagos State Government has declared that the activities of NURTW (AKA Agbero) on the roads across the state will soon come to an end.
The Commissioner for Transportation, Dr. Frederick Oladeinde, said by the time the Bus Reform Initiative (BRI) currently being implemented phase by phase by Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu’s administration is completed, there would be no room for Agbero to operate again.
The comissioner Oladeinde declared on Tuesday while answering questions on unregulated activities of transport unions at the ministerial press briefing organised to commemorate Babajide Olusola Sanwo-Olu’s second year in office, tagged:”731 days and beyond.”
Special Adviser on Works and Infrastructure, Mrs. Aramide Adeyoye who briefed the press as well, disclosed that Sanwo-Olu’s administration has delivered 51 projects within two years of his administration. Adeyoye said some of the iconic projects which includes roads, were constructed as part of effort to unlock traffic gridlocks in major economic, commercial and residential areas as well as improve travel time necessitated the construction of the roads
The powerful NURTW (Popularly known as Agbero) will have their activities irrelevant soon, Oladeinde said part of the aims of BRI was to regulate activities of Agbero on Lagos roads and to rebrand and reform the operations of commercial buses known as ‘Yellow Bus’.
Besides, he said with BRI implementation, comfortable and reliable bus service for commuters would be provided, safety and security of the people of Lagos state would be guaranteed, it will also consolidate all duplicated garages across the state.
The Commissioner affirmed that the state government has no intention of taking off the yellow buses on Lagos roads but to reform and modified their operation and standard.
Mrs Adeyoye gave the list of some of the completes roads within two years of this administration as Pen-Cinema fly over, ramp and road words, Lagos Ogun Boundary roads Phase II, Lekki Oniru Traffic Circulation Projects, network of 31 roads in Ojokoro, Aradagun-Epeme-Iworo-Ajido and Somolu network of roads to mention but a few.
Apart from the already completed projects, Engr. Aramide Adeyoye also explained that several projects are already flagged-off and are under construction/ upgrading to further ensure linkage of different parts of the state together. Some of the roads include Oba Sekunmade road, Agric Isawo road, St Finbarrs and Iwaya roads, Lekki-Epe Expressway from Eleko Junction to Epe T junction and Lekki Regional road Project to mention the important ones.
Compiled by Opeyemi Babarinde