R-L: Special Adviser to the Governor of Lagos State on Transportation, Hon. Oluwatoyin Fayinka, Leader, National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW), Lagos Chapter, Musiliu Akinsanya and Commissioner of Police, Lagos State, CP Hakeem Odumosu at the First and Last Mile (FLM), operation consultative meeting held at the State Police Command, Ikeja
The Special Adviser to the Governor of Lagos State on Transportation, Hon. Oluwatoyin Fayinka has said that the First and Last Mile (FLM) Initiative of the State Government is not to be reversed
He made this declaration at a consultative meeting held at the State Police Command in Ikeja on Wednesday with the Commissioner of Police, CP Hakeem Odumosu, Leader of the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) Lagos Chapter, Musiliu Akinsanya, and representative of Road Transport Employers Association of Nigeria (RTEAN), Hon. Albert Omotayo, Deputy Chairman (OPS) in attendance.
The meeting was organized to further sought for the full cooperation of the Transport Stakeholders in the State on the smooth operation of the First and Last Mile (FLM) buses launched by the State Government to enhance inner community routes mode of transportation.
Hon. Fayinka, at the meeting urged both the NURTW and RTEAN to cooperate with the Lagos Metropolitan Area Transport Authority (LAMATA) for the smooth running of the FLM buses which has been deployed to some areas of the State part of which are; Surulere/Aguda, Yaba/Somolu, Lagos Island/Eti-Osa, Victoria Island/Iru and Ikorodu.
The Transport Special Adviser, while reiterating that the State Government will not tolerate any form of harassment from individuals or Unions on the smooth running of the buses on the designated routes, also charged LAMATA to fulfill the necessary obligations to the Transport Unions on the mode of operation.
Also speaking at the consultative forum, the Commissioner of Police, CP Hakeem Odumosu assured the Stakeholders of his unflinching support by directing the Area Commanders and DPOs in all Local Government and Local Council Development Areas in the State to ensure safety of both commuters and the operators of the FLM buses.
Recall that 500 FLM buses, as well as 100 High-Capacity buses were launched by Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu, Governor of Lagos State on 18th May, 2021 to enhance passengers’ connectivity between inner and major routes in the State.