Internal disharmony threatens transport workers’ activities
The Caretaker Chairman of the National Union of Road Transport Union Workers (NURTW) in Lagos State, Musiliu Akinsanya, has vowed to dissolve the executive members of the Tricycle Owners and Operators Association of Nigeria (TOOAN).
Akinsanya, also known as Mc Oluomo, disclosed this in Lagos, during a familiarisation meeting with the association, which apparently, is the first with them since his appointment.
The tenor of the invitation suggested that Akinsanya called the meeting to officially introduce and familiarise himself with other members of his constituency, especially other NURTW affiliate unions to harmonise and strengthen existing relationships.
At the meeting, the new caretaker chairman began on a good note by asking leaders of the tricycle association to embrace peace by accommodating aggrieved members who left TOOAN.
He noted that those who have been removed as branch chairmen should have their positions restored and vowed that once his appointment as substantive chairman of the NURTW is approved by the Lagos state government, he is going to dissolve the elected officials of the association regardless of the elections that brought them into office.
It would be recalled that the tricycle union held elections in May 2019, where Murtala Lawal, also known as Muri Epo, emerged as the state chairman with other officers of the association.
The officials had been inaugurated by members of the association’s board of trustees with the active support and approval of officials of the erstwhile NURTW executives in the state.
Following the meeting and the statement credited to Akinsanya, some of members of the Association have expressed their displeasure, saying it could engender disunity, in-fighting, crisis, and factional wars, which marked the gory past of the association.
The members would therefore, want the new leader to be called to order and should tow the path of peace by focusing on fence mending and strengthen collaboration.
They stressed the need for Akinsanya to build on a crisis-free union that was handed over to him by the immediate past NURTW leaders in the state.