The Lagos State Commissioner for Transport, Comrade Kayode Opeifa, has retreated that the accreditation of commercial passenger vehicle owners and operators organized by the Lagos State Government is free.
The exercise was put in place to create an authentic database of all commercial passenger vehicle owners and operators in the state. It was aimed at improved service delivery and create a safe and secure public transport system that can be trusted by all commuters and other stakeholders.
Opeifa who spoke in office at the Alausa secretariat, Ikeja, southwest Nigeria, said the exercise for the past has been carried out free by the Vehicle Inspection Services and the Drivers Institute “and I’m assuring all stakeholders in the transport industry that it still free”.
He said the exercise which should have lasted for only two months has dragged on for the last eight months due to the low response by owners and operators of commercial vehicles, affecting the full implementation of the State Public Transportation Management System which was meant to lead to improved efficiency and effectiveness of public transport.
According to the commissioner, the exercise will also lead to upscale economic growth, job and wealth creation and the promotion of a safe, reliable, efficient, sustainable and secure public transport system that can earn the trust of the public.
Opeifa said further that so far, only 944 commercial mass transit buses, 13,839 commercial buses, 7, 092 commercial taxis, 2,194 commercial kabu-kabu, 221 car hire vehicles and 2,169 tricycles totaling 26,459 have so far been registered with more than an estimated 30,000 operators yet to comply.
He therefore used the opportunity to thank the leadership of the various transport unions in the state especially the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) and the Taxi Co-operatives for their co-operation and support, while urging the Road Transport Employers association of Nigeria (RTEAN) and the Tricycle Operators to emulate the examples of the NURTW and Taxi co-operatives to mobilize their members to participate en-masse in the registration exercise in the drive to have a dependable, predictable, reliable and sustainable transport system that would ensure good return on their investment and would also earn dignity, recognition and respect from the society.