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Group decamps, form tricycle sector of NURTW


Commercial tricycles . PHOTO: AYODELE ADENIRAN<br />

A faction of the Tricycle Owners/Operators Association of Nigeria (TOOA), led by Prince Joseph Odusanya, has broken away from the group to join the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW). The breakaway faction, with over 50,000 members, has now formed what is regarded as the Tricycle Sector of the NURTW.

Speaking with newsmen in Lagos, the chairman, Tricycle Sector, NURTW, Lagos chapter, Odusanya, said the new group broke away from TOOA because of internal wrangling bothering on leadership tussle, among other issues, which had threatened the peace of members for some time.

The state NURTW chairman, Alhaji Tajudeen Agbede, was present at the occasion. Odusanya explained that some members had made the management of TOOA difficult for the executive under the leadership of the current chairman, and continually threatened to make life miserable for other members.

“To preserve the lives of our members and ensure their safety, we declare that we are no longer members of TOOA. In line with Section 40 of the 1999 Constitution, and Article 5 of the NURTW Constitution, we hereby join the NURTW,” he said.

Odusanya, while disclosing that the new body will hold its meeting in Ketu, and issue only NURTW tickets henceforth, urged members not to resort violence in resolving disagreements.

Legal counsel to the breakaway group, Kabir Akanbi, said the move was backed by law. He said that Section 40 of the 1999 Constitution allowed the right to freedom of association.

The Campaign Officer, Civil Liberties Organisation, who is also a TOOA ambassador, Mr. Babatunde Ashafa, described the move as a democratic transformation.

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