IBADAN- Leaders and Members of various factions of the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) in Oyo State have called on the Olubadan of Ibadan, Oba Saliu Akanmu Adetunji; Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi and other traditional rulers in the state to caution the governor of the state, Engineer Seyi Makinde against appointing park managers in replacement of the Union at motor parks across the state.
As they threatened to foment trouble if governor refuse to jettison the idea of motor park management arrangement, alleging the idea is to favour a factional leader of the Union, Alhaji Mukaila Lamidi Auxiliary, who had since being expelled from the Union as a result of his bad image and criminal records
The union members made the vow on Sunday at a meeting held in Ibadan to intimate all the traditional rulers, leaders of various religious bodies, opinion leaders and well meaning indigenes of the state on the plan of the governor to announce the names of the park managers today, Monday.
They maintained that the NURTW is an entity under the Labour Union, Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), which is totally different from a government parastatal, adding that the motor park management system introduced by the government is illegal and uncalled for.
Speaking at the meeting, former chairman of the union, Alhaji Abideen Olajide, popularly called Ejiogbe, said: “We are appealing to the Olubadan of Ibadan, Alaafin of Oyo, Aseyin of Iseyin and other traditional rulers in the state to help us plead with the governor to jettison the idea of motor park management arrangement the government is putting in place.
“Let it also be noted that we are not under the supervision of the state government as we are a different entity from government parastatals and agencies. We want leaders in the state to please help beg Governor Seyi Makinde to allow NURTW to carry out its statutory functions”.
Also speaking, Alhaji Waheed Adeniyi Adeoyo disxlosed that the union has a series of judgements which made it clear that the state government has no business in the activities of the union.
According to him, “It is on this note that we call on Governor Seyi Makinde to reverse his government’s decision on the appointment of park managers across the state”.
Alhaji Lateef Opeyemi, while corroborating the previous speakers said: “NURTW in Oyo State still stands as it has a solid foundation. I want to use this opportunity to call on drivers and Okada riders not to give anybody money beginning from Monday. The people of Oyo State should prevail on Makinde to allow peace to reign by allowing NURTW to function effectively.
“Any attempt by anybody to call himself park managers starting from today, Monday will meet a brick wall of NURTW members, and may result into avoidable clash.
The stakeholders, however, unanimously posited that the proposed list of motor park managers to be officially made public on Monday, if true is an affront on the proposed peace meeting earlier called by the government.
“The list is a confrontation to the stance of many of the NURTW groups and an insincerity of purpose by the state government. The list confirms the fear of majority members of the Oyo State NURTW that the present administration has no capacity to be fair in the affairs of the NURTW,” Olajide said.
The meeting was attended by all the warring factions of the union who have agreed to work together for the betterment of the union except Mukaila Lamidi Auxiliary group.