Governor bans road transport workers’ union in Oyo


Olubunmi Osoteku, Ibadan

Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde has proscribed the activities of the National Union of Road Transport Workers, (NURTW), in the state..

The governor, while appreciating the people of the State reiterated the need to maintain peace and tranquility in the state in so as to engender commercial and human development.

“After today’s deliberation with security stakeholders meeting involving Security Chiefs and Government, we have resolved to proscribe the National Union of Road Transport Workers, (NURTW), until further notice,” he declared.

The proscription came due to the spate of violence across Ibadan, the Oyo State capital, in recent times.

The proscription was declared in a statement signed by the Governor and read by the Chief of Staff, Bisi Ilaka, at the Executive Chamber of the Governor’s Office, Secretariat, Agodi, Ibadan.

Union Illegal
The Governor who declared the activities of the Union illegal with immediate effect also announced the takeover of all parks and garages in the state, by the State Government.

Governor Makinde enjoined the people of the state to go about their lawful duties without fear of molestation, as he gives assurance that combined security task force situated in every community of the state would take control and maintain peace and order in the state.

Pockets of violence
Rival factions of the Union have been in leadership battle since the electoral victory of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in the last Governorship and House of Assembly elections in the State, with a group claiming to be loyal to the new government threatening to take over power as soon as a new government is sworn in.

Pockets of violence and skirmishes have been reported in different parts of the capital city including Iwo Road, Challenge, Beere and Ojoo, with sporadic gun shots heard.

The fear of a return to the reign of violence has engulfed the state since the victory of the PDP.

The intervention of the national leader of the NURTW, Alhaji Najeem Yasin, who visited the State to clear the air and gives assurance that change of leadership in the Union was only through state congress and national convention not violence.

All his pleas seemed to have fallen on deaf ears as the factional group, purportedly led by a former State Chairman of the Union, sounded resolute on change of power the moment the PDP government takes over at the state level.

Lateefah Ibrahim