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NURTW warns members against breach of peace

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Determined to the end the crisis rocking the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) Lagos Island chapter due to the insecurity it is creating, the Lagos State Council Chairman, Alhaji Musiliu Akinsanya (aka Mc Oluomo), has waded into the crisis by inviting the party involved for amicable settlement at the union’s office in Agege, Lagos.

The warring parties were led by NURTW Idumota branch chairman, Azeez Lawal (aka Kunle Poly), Fatai Otun, Akeem Agboola, Wale Olomi, Idowu Bintinlaye, Baba Easy, and Ige Adubi, while highlighting the issues causing disaffection, paramount of which is not connected to the union activities.

“There was crisis among some miscreants in Idumota, Apongbon and other areas in Lagos Island. They usually go after one another to retaliate attacks on their areas. Some of them just hide under the crisis in the union to foment trouble. They are taking advantage of our disunity,” one of them said.

Another one said the inability of some unit leaders to allow branch’s executive members to operate in their units is another cause of the crisis.

He said: “Some of us, who are branch’s executives were not allowed to operate in the units of our base. The units’ chairmen prevented us from carrying out any activity. This needs to be looked into.”

Other issues raised including intimidation of opposing members, fraud allegation and insubordination.

The state council Chairman appealed to them to sheath their swords.

He said what is on ground is enough to go round if they maintain peace.

Akinsanya urged them to eschew in any form and jettison acts capable of disturbing the peace of the public.

He said: “The traders are living in fear. You do not allow them to trade in peace. They have the right to go about their businesses without harassment or molestation. The Babajide Sanwo-Olu’s administration won’t tolerate the disturbances anymore.

As humans, there may be disagreement but when such arises, we expect members to be matured and civil in resolving their differences and not resort to violence and thuggery.

“The people concerned in Apongbon and Idumota axis in Lagos Island are through this medium, urged to desist from hostile behaviours to one another.

“Union members have been informed time and again that the present union administration is a lover of peace and will not hesitate to deal decisively with any member (s) who tries to bring the name of the union to disrepute or create unnecessary panic amongst the good and easy going people of Lagos State.”


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