Governor Ambode ends contract with BRT operators

The Lagos State Government has with immediate effect, put an end to the operations of the National Union of Road Transport Workers’ cooperative BRT which runs from Mile12 to CMS BRT

The termination of the operations was relayed in a statement signed by the state’s Commissioner for Transportation, Dr. Dayo Mobereola, on Thursday, January 7 in Lagos.

“The termination of the franchise agreement with the operator is sequel to breaches of the BRT operations Service Level Agreement it signed with the state government, despite years of discussions and engagement to ensure SLA was adhered to.”

“Though the SLA requires a one month notice prior to its termination, the Lagos Metropolitan Area Transport Authority, custodian of the agreement, had indeed given a three-month notice which the operator failed to honour,” the statement said.

The commissioner also said that the decision of the government was also related to the operator also on Thursday.

According to Mobereola the state took the decision because of the operator’s inability to offer good public transport services to commuters on the all-important BRT corridor.

This, the commissioner said had led to many complaints from members of the public about the appaling services provided by the operators.

Mobereola said that the breaches which the operator had indulged in and failed to fix despite being informed gave rise to the government’s decision.

“The state government on September 29, 2015 served the operator with a notice of termination of the franchise of the agreement.

“The operator pleaded for time to be able to identify other corridors and remove all its buses from the depot, a commitment it failed to uphold,” he said.

Mobereola also revealed that upon the announcement, the state has maintained its position on the termination despite different attempts to try and get it to shift ground.

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