NURTW, RTEAN Embrace Bus Reform Initiative in Lagos

The National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) and the Road Transport Employers Association of Nigeria (RTEAN) in Lagos on Thursday agreed to embrace government Bus Reform Initiative (BRI) and also formalized bus operations.

The move facilitated by the State Ministry of Transportation, will be piloted on the Lekki – Epe Expressway corridor.

This was disclosed in a statement shared on X social media platform by the Lagos Metropolitan Area Transport Authority (LAMATA).

The statement partly read, “Operators of high-capacity buses will be allowed to run their buses and subjected to the regulation of the Lagos Metropolitan Area Transport Authority (LAMATA), while minibuses will be deployed to the inner routes. At a stakeholder meeting today, Special Adviser to the Governor on Transportation, Hon. Sola Giwa, stated that the adoption of the informal operators into the BRI is expected to improve traffic flow, reduce congestion, and provide a more reliable commuting experience for passengers along the Lekki-Epe corridor. Hon. Giwa further stated that the successful implementation of the program would pave the way for broader adoption and future developments, setting new standards for efficiency and sustainability in urban transport throughout the metropolitan area.

“The Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Transportation, Mr. Olawale Musa, highlighted the importance of collaboration with the NURTW and RTEAN in implementing these reforms and encouraged them to take ownership of the initiative.The leadership of the NURTW and RTEAN Lagos chapters, present at the meeting, welcomed the initiative and pledged their support to the government. They expressed their willingness to optimize the inner route network.”

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