The Lagos State Government will soon amend transportation law in the state to prohibit Messrs Julius Berger and other construction company from using articulated vehicles or trucks to convey workers to and from their place of work.
Speaking on the development, Speaker, Lagos State House of Assembly Rt. Hon. Adeyemi Ikuforiji said he has mandated the House Joint Committees on Judiciary, Human Rights and Public Petitions and Committee on Transportation, Commerce and Industry to look at the relevant section of the law with a view to implementing it.
The need to make laws to prohibit the habit was based on a motion moved by Hon. Abiodun Tobun representing Epe Constituency I calling the attention of the House to the abuse of articulated vehicles which some construction companies use to convey their workers to sites.
Hon. Tobun said “recently there was an accident which occurred somewhere around Ibeju – Lekki where Julius Berger vehicle which carried its workers collided with another lorry and a lot of people died instantly”.
Another member, Hon. Rotimi Olowo described the use of articulated vehicle converted to convey workers by Julius Berger’s Construction Company as an insult to the Nigerian government.
“I’ve being to Germany where Julius Berger came from, no Company dare use articulated vehicle to carry its staff to site” The Lawmaker blamed the Federal Government for its inability to address the matter as it has become the order of the day among Construction Companies based in Nigeria.
Hon. Bisi Yusuf said the Construction Company was not after the welfare of its workers but rather the profit they will make.