Following months of suspension by the State government, factional heads of the Oyo State Chapter of the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW), have agreed to conduct election for the emergence of a Chairman and members of its Executive Council by October 23, 2019.
The decision was the outcome of a reconciliation meeting brokered by the Oyo State government and stakeholders in the State transport sector, in conjunction with the national leadership of the Union, on Friday at the House of Chiefs, State Secretariat, Agodi Ibadan.
The meeting which was presided over by the Commissioner for Works and Transportation, Professor Raphael Afonja, addressed the rancor between the warring factions of the leadership of the transport workers in the State, in order to ensure harmony among members.
Professor Afonja, at the meeting, reiterated the need for the Union to represent the State well by not giving in to personal interest that may negatively affect the peace and tranquility being enjoyed in the State.
The Commissioner said, “We can only relate with the Union when they maintain peace and harmony which the State needs to drive a good economy. Anyone caught fomenting trouble among your members or extorting motorists will face the wrath of the law.”
He also gave the assurance of the readiness of the State Governor, Seyi Makinde-led administration to foist peaceful coexistence among the Union members, while charging the Union members to be law-abiding and follow the dictates of their Constitution.
Afonja stressed that Union members who issue tickets to motorists at various motor parks on behalf of the government should be warned to stop doing so until directives are given by the State government to the effect.
He stated that investigations are ongoing to ascertain the actual revenue that should be generated from the Union into the coffers of government.
He said, “Governor Seyi Makinde wants peace to reign among you so that the State can move forward and I’m also using this medium to tell the Union leaders to warn their officials issuing out tickets to motorists at motor parks on behalf of the government to desist from this.
“This is because the money being generated is not getting to the government and the government is still trying to verify where the money is channelled to and also finalise how the matter will be handled.”
The Deputy General Secretary, NURTW Abuja, Comrade Kayode Ogunyanbi, who doubles as the current acting Chairman, NURTW Oyo State Chapter, appreciated the efforts of the Oyo State government and the National President of the Union, Professor Tajudeen Baruwa, for their magnanimity in facilitating the meeting to put an end to the rancour between the six leaders struggling for the position of NURTW Chairman Oyo State Council.
He said that the different factions have agreed and pledged to the State and the people that they have all come together as one and that there would be no more fracas among them.
The acting Chairman stressed it has been established among the factions that the NURTW members have seen reasons to work together, which led to the signing of an agreement of harmonisation, putting the Union under one umbrella.
After convincing the stakeholders at the meeting that only one person could occupy the Chairmanship seat at a time, all the faction leaders present at the meeting later agreed that an election be conducted on October 29, 2019, to elect the new leaders.
The meeting had in attendance the six leaders jostling for the Chairmanship position in the Union: Mr Abass Adigun Omonesin, Mr Mukaila Lamidi (Auxiliary), Mr Raufu Oloruntobi, Mr Waheed Adeoyo, Mr Olajide Abideen Ejiogbe and Mr Lateef Opeyemi, among other stakeholders.