I knew this day would come sooner than later.
According to Thisday, the Lagos State Government Thursday banned 911 buses, popularly known as molue, from plying all routes on Lagos Island.
The state government said no molue should cross any bridge linking the Island, which it said, included the Third Mainland, Eko and Carter bridges.
The directive was contained in a statement by the General Manager of the Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA), Mr. Babatunde Edu, noting that the buses could no longer operate in the Central Business District (CBD).
The general manager said the decision was taken by the state government as part of its effort to ensure adequate monitoring of the operations of commercial vehicles and compliance with traffic rules and regulations.
Consequently, Edu said the new directive took effect from August 19, though pledged to adequately enlighten all the commercial operators in the state on the new directive.
He said though the state government was supposed â€œto have commenced enforcement last month, being a responsive and responsible government which believes in enlightenment before enforcement, we, therefore, decided to shift the enforcement to September 4.â€
Edu said the LASTMA had been mandated to ensure strict directive and compliance, and impound any such vehicles after September 4 found to have flouted the directive.
The general manager said the molue buses could, however, perform their operations in any other parts of the state, aside the restricted areas, reiterating that the state government had not banned the operations of molue in the state.
But the general manager said it had restricted their operations to areas like Orile, Iyana Ipaja, Mile 2, Mile 12 among others, thereby urging their operators to voluntarily comply with the new directive.
He warned the operators from plying prohibited routes, which according to him, included Iddo, Ebute Ero, Apongbon, Obalende, Idumota, CMS, among others.
Edu appealed for cooperation and support of all the stakeholders.
In a response, the leader of the team, Mr. Taofeek Adesina, commended the state government for its effort to restore sanity in the state and therefore pledged the readiness of his union to support the new cause.