Lagos state records that 4,000 members of the Bus Conductors Association of Nigeria have registered with Lagos State Drivers Institute for training and accreditation.
President of the association, Isreal Adeshola, disclosed this in an interview with newsmen.
According to him, the development will enable them to function as stipulated in the rules and regulations of the state government in line with the transportation reform.
“Over 4,000 members are fully ready to operate along with the new Lagos State transportation reform.
“We have attended LASDRI for accreditation and also to the Directorate of Transport Commuters Service to get various identification badges including our uniforms.
“All these we have done to get prepared for the state’s development plan in the transport system,’’ he said.
The official said that there were over 270,000 bus conductors in the state, adding that over 4,000 of them had registered as members officially.
According to him, the association will no longer be handling conductor work to be business as usual.
“The association had trained and ensured that registered members get accredited by the concerned authority to ensure accountability and effectiveness on duty.
“BCAN wants to ensure no more jumping and hanging on the buses anyhow.
“We are in line with the state government’s plan on the new transport reform and we enjoin others in the system to key into the system and get registered,’’ he said.
Adeshola appealed to the state government to carry members of the association along with the ongoing reform.
“We need government to assist us along in the ongoing reform in the transport sector.
“If the government is building the country or a state without carrying the youths along or involving them in the system the development may not be sustainable,’’ he added.
Report has it that Lagos state government is set to roll out buses to service routes on the Oshodi-Abule Egba axis, with the arrival of 250 buses in line with the transport reform.