The executive Chairman of Ikorod Local Government, Hon Wasiu Adeshina has read the riot act to commercial transport operators within the Ikorodu metropolis over indiscriminate parking and dropping of passengers.
The Council chair handed down the strong warning, against the backdrop of traffic gridlocks being experienced across the local government area.
Addressing the transport stakeholders Hon. Adeshina stated that he ‘called a meeting of the National Union of Road Transport Workers and the road transport workers were both with the tricycles association,okada association and also, operators of the mini and big buses,the BRT red bus that plies Ikorodu. The local government is disturbed by the activities of this unions, especially when you go to the round about from Ojubode to the Ikorodu round roundabout. We’re disturbed with the kind of traffic gridlocks in these areas and we cannot continue to fold our arms until things degenerate further’, he said.
The Council chair noted that the meeting was to communicate the council’s displeasure to the transporters. He said this was necessary before the council is forced to employ the use of law enforcement agencies to ensure sanity returns to the gridlock areas.
‘However, if they refuse to honour the agreements reached at today’s meeting by becoming the watchdogs to their members and ensure strict compliance to the local government directives on their activities, we will be left with no option but to enforce sanity so that Ikorodu people can heave a sigh of relief’, he added.
In a chat with Ikorodu Oga Radio ,Com Tijani Akeem (ak.a Ijoba Agba), Chairman NURTW Ikorodu Branch A described the meeting with the Chairman as a peace meeting, which in his view will put an end to the perrenial traffic situation in the local government.
‘The Chairman has done very well but calling this meeting. For me, this is a peace meeting, Aimee at guaranteeing peace w d unity among us,transporters and the Ikorodu local government. My union is committed to all the agreements reached at today’s meeting and I will communicate same to our State Chairman, Com Musiliu Ayinde Ayedaade for strict implementation among our members’, he promised.
Similarly, Com Adeseyi Olutunji, Zonal Secretary of the Tricycle Owners and Drivers Association. (TRODA) commended the Chairman for calling the meeting. He pledged his association’s readiness to comply with the agreements reached at the parley.
It will be recalled that the traffic situation in Ikorodu has gone from bad to worse, in recent times, with residents spending hours in traffic within the town.
The situation has also been blamed for the recent upsurge in traffic robbery and phone snatching incidences recorded at major bust stops in the town.