The Lagos State Government announced that it has terminated the franchise issued to the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) to operate a Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) along the Mile 12 to CMS corridor of the state.
The State Commissioner for Transportation, Dr. Dayo Mobereola who disclosed this to journalists on Thursday, said the Government’s decision to terminate the existing franchise agreement was based on non-compliance by the first BRT cooperative run by the National Union of Road Transport Workers with operational plans stipulated in the franchise agreement they signed.
The termination of the franchise agreement with the operator is sequel to breaches of the BRT operations Service Level Agreement (SLA) it signed with the state government despite years of discussions and engagement to ensure the SLA was adhered to.
Though the Service Level Agreement requires a one-month notice prior to its termination, but the Lagos Metropolitan Area Transport Authority, (LAMATA), custodian of the agreement, had indeed given a three-month notice which the operator failed to honour.
According to him, government’s decision communicated to the operator was based on the inability of the operator to offer good public transport services to commuters on the all-important BRT corridor.
This has led to incessant complaints by members of the public over poor services provided by the operator and the deployment of vehicles not safe for use by the commuting public.
The failure of first BRT Cooperative to comply with the terms of the franchise agreement has led to passengers experiencing poor service quality typified by extensive waiting time and having to endure use of dilapidated and unsafe buses.
Mobereola noted that the state government frowned at the non-operations of stipulated frequency schedules and operations of buses at below 50 per cent fleet capacity contrary to the agreement.
The commissioner stated that these breaches, which the operator had indulged in and failed to remedy despite being notified of them, had made the state government to decide to order the operator out of the corridor in the interest of the commuting public.
He said following government’s desire to sanitise bus operations along the Mile 12 to CMS corridor, it had on 29th September 2015 served it with a notice of termination of the franchise agreement, saying the operator had pleaded for time to be able to identify other corridor before removing all its buses from the depot.