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There is presently anxiety and panic in Ogun state transport activities following the appointment of the leader of a proscribed union, Adewale Mustapha popularly called ‘Yaro’ as the chairman of transport committee for Ijebu North Local Government Area of the state.
Mustapha’s appointment by the Ijebu North LG chairman, Bolaji Odusanya has led to another panic as his ‘boys’ were reportedly taking over park and garages in Ijebu area of the state.
PLATFORM TIMES recalled that the Ogun state government in June 2019 proscribed the activities of Mustapha’s-led Ogun state chapter of National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) to prevent crisis in the state Parks and Garages.
The government after months of consultation with critical stakeholders in the sector established Park Management Services Ltd (PAM) to collect revenue from cars and buses on behalf of the government during NURTW week.
But, PLATFORM TIMES learnt that the appointment of Mustapha popularly called ‘Yaro’ by the Ijebu North LG boss has reportedly made his ‘boys’ returned to garages.
In a swift reaction, the chairman of PAM, Akeem Bodunrin called for the intervention of Governor Dapo Abiodun.
Bodunrin popularly called ‘Iyeru’ in a statement made available to newsmen warned that the return of Mustapha is as good as returning members of the proscribed NURTW to parks and garrages which might trigger unhealthy rivalry among unions in the local government area.
The statement reads partly, “our attention has been drawn to the appointment of one Mr. Adewale Mustapha as the Chairman of Transport committee for Ijebu North local government area.
“While we agree that the council boss Hon. Bolaji Odusanya has the constitutional right to appoint individuals that will work with his administration. We would like to remind him of the likely consequences of Mr. Mustapha’s appointment.
“In less than 24 hours of Mustapha’s appointment my office has recieved complaints from different garrages head in the local government area over his appointment as the Chairman Transport committee of the council. Stakeholders of transport unions like PAM, RTEAN and others have made it known to me that in as much as they are ready to work with the local government authorities they will not work with an individual who is not a member of any of the transport unions recognised by the Ogun State government.”
The statement further reads,” appointing Mr. Mustapha as the Chairman Transport committee for the local government area is as good as returning members of the proscribed NURTW to our parks and garrages which might trigger unhealthy rivalry among unions in the local government area.
“Transport sector is a very sensitive one. So, care must be taken when appointing individuals that will act on behalf of government.
“We are appealing to the Ogun state government, the Chairman Ijebu North local government, Hon. Odusanya, the Ogun state House of Assembly and security agencies to swift into action to prevent possible unrest in our parks and garages in Ogun State.”