Musiliu Akinsanya (aka MC Oluomo), chairman of the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) Lagos State Council, has instructed Lagos drivers not to select passengers without face masks.
MC Oluomo directed business drivers not to allow passengers without face masks to board their vehicles or risk being arrested as the union set up a task force to arrest any driver / union member who violates the guidelines.
“All the passengers will have to put their face mask on. Such passengers will not be allowed inside their vehicles if they fail to use it.
“Tricycle Owners and Operator’s Association of Nigeria” TOOAN”(Maruwa Operators) shall comply with the order of the Lagos State Government to carry two passengers on a ride.
“Drivers and their bus drivers must ensure the practice of social distancing by operating at 60 per cent loading capacity,”
“Let us all support the State Government’s efforts to counter this pandemic by strictly adhering to the above guidelines and many more that the authorities have issued.
“It’s no longer a surprise that the whole world is now fighting a war unlike the traditional war. The most daunting thing about this “health war” is that it can’t be detected, it still has no solution, and it doesn’t honor social status, age or sex. The number of confirmed cases is unfortunately continuing to rise locally and internationally.
“This mysterious ailment, sadly, continues to claim the lives of the patients and those who treat them. Many former medical practitioners who came out of retirement to help save lives are very inspiring. During this time, the contributions of health care workers will remain forever in our hearts. You are our HEROES above everything.
“Our hearts go out to those lost to this pandemic’s families and to those still fighting to survive the ‘unseen enemy,’ we wish them the best and quickest recovery.”
As transporters who transport Lagosians every day from all walks of life to their respective destinations, we understand the importance of service delivery in a complex state like ours, hence the need to provide our members with new guidelines to protect them and their esteemed passengers.
“We use this tool to appeal to all our Union leaders, particularly drivers, to strictly follow the guidelines of the State and Federal Governments, the National Center for Disease Control (NCDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO) to stop the virus from spreading avoidably.”