By Tunde Jakande
NURTW makes a minimum of 82 billion naira yearly in Lagos. That’s about ten percent of the state’s budget. Lagos state government provide roads, hospitals, education etc. What does the NURTW do with all that money? Where does that money go? 82 billion Naira!
Some years back I did a discreet investigation on the activities of the Lagos island chapter of the union. You have atleast two chapters of the union on the island and both are headed by a chairman. You will not believe those among the payroll of the union.
Yet public transportation in Lagos is dispicable and a shame to the state’s aspirations of becoming a 21st century city. Many of the garages are depot for illicit drugs and alcohol. Is the union under any state control? Is there a regulation on their activities? Can an elected Governor change this story or is it a no go area? These questions are pertinent because these guys for decades, seem above the law.
They kill each other during elections, beat up commercial vehicle drivers who do not follow their unregulated demand for all kinds of dues. Who will save the situation? Thousands of young men quit school to join the union. Many become foot soldiers who assault and intimidate whoever. They are fearless and carry on even in front of security agencies who often look the other way. Who and What embolden these guys?
Is this how we should continue to run this state? Can the state Assembly do anything about this or maybe we should ask the Assembly What it has done about the activities of the union.
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I was told the former Governor was determined to rid the union off Lagos. He was building modern bus terminals in various parts of the state which would eventually replace the garages controlled by unions . Eventually their activities would have been curtailed and would have died naturally.
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