The National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) in Southwest has urged Oyo State Governor Seyi Makinde to revert the decision of proscribing the union’s activities in the state.
The group as well issued a seven-day ultimatum to the government to also revert the appointment of ex-chairman of a faction of the union in the state, Alhaji Mukaila Lamidi, popularly known as Auxiliary, as the chairman, Disciplinary Committee for the motor parks.
At the meeting were NURTW bigwigs, such as Southwest Zonal Chairman Mr. Olamilekan Folorunso, Deputy Chairman Alhaji Musiliu Akinsanya aka MC Oluomo, National Deputy General-Secretary and Chairman, Caretaker Committee Oyo State chapter, Comrade Kayode Agbeyangi and a Zonal Trustee, Alhaji Mustapha Adekunle aka Sego.
The union threatened that NURTW will begin strike if the decision is not rescinded by the government.
At a briefing at the zonal secretariat complex in Osogbo, the Osun State capital, the union accused the governor of “deliberate attempt to take away our means of livelihood.”
The speech was read by Agbeyangi.
According to them, NURTW is a trade union recognised by the constitution and extant provision of labour laws.
They described the interference as undue and a violation of members’ freedom of operating as a union.
The union urged the government to stop interfering in the affairs of the union and allow the NURTW to carry out its legitimate duties.
Agbeyangi condemned Governor Seyi Makinde’s imposition of park managers to run the operations of the union at parks.
He also accused the governor of acting the script of some individuals to truncate the activities of the union and arrest its leaders.