Olalekan Adetayo, Abuja
Members of the Association of Luxury Bus Owners of Nigeria have appealed to Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo to intervene in a crisis currently brewing between their union and the Lagos State Government.
They alleged that some of the policies of the state government were threatening their business.
The group’s President and Chairman of the Ifesinachi Group of Companies, Emeka Mamah, spoke to State House correspondents at the Presidential Villa, Abuja after leading a delegation to a meeting with Osinbajo on Monday night.
Mamah said Osinbajo assured them that he was going to step in so as to resolve the issue as soon as possible.
He said, “We have been assured by the Vice-President that he (Osinbajo) is going to step into it. We believe that he is going to do this for us.
“We have the confidence in the APC government, we believe in the Vice-President and we know that he is going to ensure that our problems will be resolved.
“No time frame was mentioned but I believe that from the way he spoke, I believe it is going to happen soonest.”
He had earlier told Osinbajo that the 2017 Executive Order by the Lagos State Government directing all transporters on the Ikorodu corridor to relocate to Ojota was crippling their business.
Mamah noted that the new location could not accommodate 10 per cent of their business.
He also alleged that the new location lacked access to spare parts and workshops, adding that the cost implication of a slot at the bus terminal was too high.
Mamah had said, “Our request is first to ask that you (Osinbajo) appeal to the Lagos State Government, under the leadership of His Excellency, Akinwunmi Ambode, to reconsider his decision that that our members operating in their various offices, which are used as private motor parks along Ikorodu Road, Jibowu, Lagos State, should close their operations and move to Ojota Bus Terminal.
“It is indisputable, even by the management of this Ojota Bus Terminal, that the space provided cannot accommodate 10 per cent of our members, as some members such as Young Shall Grow Motor (Nigeria) Limited; G. U. Okeke & Sons Motor (Nigeria) Limited; Chisco Transport (Nigeria) Limited; Peace Mass Transit (Nigeria) Limited; God is Good Motor (Nigeria) Limited; and E. Ekeson & Bros Motor Limited, to mention but a few, operate no fewer than 1,000; 600; 500; 400; and 300 mini buses.”
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