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Lagos 2023: MC Oluomo speaks on governorship race

Musiliu Akinsanya also known as MC Oluomo, the Lagos State Chairman of the National Union of Road Transport Workers, says he has no plan to contest any elective position.

He said the Union has liaised with the commercial bus drivers in the state not to make life difficult for the travelling public by hiking transport fares, especially now that they carry fewer passengers due to the new transportation guidelines by the state government.

In an interview with broadcaster, Funmi Iyanda, on Instagram on Friday evening, the NURTW boss said the Union has a monitoring team that enforces compliance with the new transport guidelines of the state as it entered a phased easing of lockdown.

MC Oluomo, who spoke in the Yoruba Language, said, “I trained as a transporter and I give God the glory that I have started attaining a peak in my career as the Chairman of the NURTW in Lagos State.

“The constitution allows anyone eligible to run for a public office. My child can come out tomorrow to contest an elective post. But count me out of it, whether for House of Representatives, Senate or as a Governor. I am, however, in full support of all politicians in the state.”

When asked about the disregard for social distancing by commuters in the state, MC Oluomo said, “All parks in Lagos have COVID-19 monitoring team and they are well aware of the state government’s regulations regarding the pandemic. We also informed our members of the sitting arrangement to maintain social distancing.

“So far, our task force has reported compliance by commercial vehicle operators in the state but the only problem is that drivers leave our parks with two passengers on each seat but they bring more commuters onboard on their way to their destinations.

“We also had a meeting with the drivers and notified them of our decision to reduce ticket fees because they now carry fewer passengers than before. We told them not to make life difficult for the public by increasing transport fares as a result of the new transport guidelines of the state government.

“We have control over inter-state transporters in the state. No inter-state passenger vehicle enters beyond Berger which is one of the borders between Lagos and Ogun States.

“I don’t know how they do it to get to that point but NURTW officials don’t allow them into the state. Our task force was at Berger at 5 am on Friday. About 25 inter-state vehicles were seized just today (Friday) and moved to our Headquarters. When we interviewed the drivers, they told us they bribed their way through Ogere. They said they offered the soldiers there N1,500.”

On the Okada ban in some routes in the state before the pandemic, MC Oluomo said the government’s decision was a welcome one and in the interest of the security and safety of lives and property in the state.

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Sade Adewale

Sade Adewale is an experienced editor. She Studied Sociology at the Ekiti State University, Ado Ekiti. Diploma in Journalism in Lateef Jakande House, Ogba, Ikeja, Lagos State. Contact: [email protected]

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