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Some aggrieved members of the National Union of Road Transport Workers in Ogun state on Thursday lamented that 90 per cent of their officers have been allegedly sent out of motor parks and replaced with non-members of the union by the road transport union caretaker committee set up by the state government.
PLATFORM TIMES reports that the aggrieved members who comprises branch chairmen and secretaries from all the three senatorial districts of the state which include; Odeda mini bus branch; Ijebu-Ode branch B; Magboro branch; Ado-Igbesa branch; Ijebu-East branch; Abeokuta South and North branches, Sagamu branch, Ogun waterside branch, among others met with newsmen in Sagamu area of the state to discuss the crisis in the union.
Speaking on behalf of the aggrieved NURTW members, the state 1st vice chairman and chairman of Abeokuta north branch 1, Alhaji Yusuph Bamgbola accused the transport caretaker committee of replacing the legitimate officers with hoodlums and miscreants.
Bamgbola also said the transport caretaker committee did not issue any letter to the NURTW members on its plans to dissolve the union, adding that they learnt about the letter on social media ,claiming that no official letter was written to them.
He further accused the committee of illegally formulating a committee known as ‘unified truck drivers association’ which he claimed is in contrary to the constitution that establish the union.
He said, “We are not suspecting any foul play, but there are some people in our midst who believe blackmailing NURTW and telling the present government that they are ready to do this and do that for them, they want the government to indirectly support them and we don’t want that.
“There are some people blackmailing us and calling NURTW the enemy of the state government, whereas if you look at our constitution, it says we must support all government.
“The governor has not given us any paper that he has dissolved NURTW, it is the committee on transport that is circulating it, we just read it on social media that they have dissolved the union.
“Legally, we have not been served the paper from the court or anywhere that reaffirms that they have truly dissolved NURTW. It means there is no order, but we decided to cooperate with the committee.
“But, now 90 per cent of the elected officers are outside the parks, we are being humiliated daily, beating and all sort of ill-treatment is melted out to us; if you look at those appointed by the Transport Caretaker Committee, you will never see genuine officers.
“Many people have been flushed out even without consideration to our constitution and this has been reported to all security agencies. But, we don’t want to be seen as enemies of the present government and that is why we are trying to ensure there is peace.”
Speaking on the appointment of Akeem Bodunrin a.k.a. Iyeru, Bamgbola said, “the appointment of Iyeru has nothing to do with dissolution or non-dissolution, it is because we don’t want a vacuum that makes the president of NURTW appointed Iyeru to act and serve as an intermediary between the union and the government.”
He however noted that the NURTW is not a gathering of criminals, but professional drivers and road workers.
He added, “we were formerly appointed as agents of Ogun state internally generated revenue and we have generated millions as IGR for the government in the last three years.
“If they say they did not want us again, we are not blaming them because it is the constitution and power of the government to say they want to do this and do that.