Ondo: NURTW members, leaders desert motor parks, storm Governor’s office, as Akeredolu clears air

By: Oluwatosin Adesola

Early morning and daylong check constituted by NURTW members which also hinders traffic flow on main roads in Akure and other parts of Ondo state was not noticed today Tuesday members and leaders of the union complied with government directive suspending their activities.

SUNSHINETRUTH gathered that there is a relative calmness across the state as commercial drivers and their leadership obeyed the government’s directive.

It was also learnt that Tickets therefore were not collected by the drivers just as Ilesha, Ondo and Benin motorparks all in Akure metropolis were deserted.

Our correspondent who visited popular Ondo motor park around 8:00am in the morning, observed that the usual hustling and noise of members of the union looking for passengers had disappeared as the inside park was empty unlike the normal time when the place will be filled with vehicles traveling to different destinations.

One of the taxi drivers in Akure, Mr Taiwo Johnson who spoke with radio Nigeria in Akure said the development came with mixed feelings as some of them were already addicted to 100 per drop.

He however said the directive of 50 naira was being complied with but long distance would attract higher fare.

Some of the commercial drivers who were also seen in front of governor’s office this morning expecting the governor to address them, expressed mixed feelings on the suspension of their Union’s activities.

PRESS STATEMENT

Gov. Akeredolu Did Not Ban, But Suspended NURTW, RTEAN, Activities Over Security Concerns

Contrary to the reports making the round that the Ondo State Governor, Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu,SAN, has placed a ban on the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) and the Road Transport Employers Association of Nigeria (RTEAN) in the state, the Governor wishes to make it clear that only the activities of the unions have been suspended.

Governor Akeredolu suspended the activities of the union particularly at the motor parks, following security reports suggesting an imminent clash between the two opposing factions in the union over leadership tussle.

The Governor’s intervention becomes imperative so as to forestall possible break down of law and order.

Governor Akeredolu wishes to reiterate that he did not place a Ban on the NURTW and RTEAN as unions but swiftly suspended their activities pending meeting with the two factions to hold presently.

In the meantime, the leadership of both Unions have been directed to vacate the motor parks for peace to reign.

Signed:

Olabode Richard Olatunde

Chief Press Secretary to the Governor of Ondo state.

March 2, 2021.

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