The Lagos former leaders of the National Union of Road Transport Workers Union in the South-West zone have asked the Nigeria Labour Congress to call the National President of the union, Tajudeen Baruwa, to order over this behavior in the State.
Theex-union leaders, in a letter dated April 23, 2022, indicted Baruwa of trying to beget a breach of peace in Lagos State with his constitution of a nine- man caretaker commission to coordinate its operations in Lagos State.
The NURTW elders said the action of Baruwa was “ an assignation to extremity and Tophet” because the Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu government had suspended NURTW operations in the state, and constituted a premises commission headed by the union’sex-chairman in Lagos, Musiliu Akinsanya, aka MC Oluomo.
Theex-union leaders led by Lagos State NURTW Pioneer Chairman, Samuel Jonah, also indicted Baruwa of “ sundry violations”.
The statement was inked by Jonah as well as Alao Adewuyi, Alamu Otegbeye, Bola Lemboye and Stephen Falusi. The statement was named,‘ Report of the plan of the President of NURTW Chief Tajudeen Baruwa to beget a breach of peace in Lagos State motor premises.
It read, “ On multitudinous occasions, we’ve advised the President of our Union to desist from running the Union as his particular property without expedient to the blessing Constitution of the Union but all our sweats fell on his deaf cognizance.
Lately your Excellency this same man has gone to appoint another Caretaker Committee to come and run the affairs of the Union, where the government have formerly appointed Park Management Committee for peace to reign in the state. Is that not an assignation to extremity and Tophet?
“ We’re apprehensive that all motor premises in the state belong to the Government and that NURTW didn’t have any private Motor Park of its own.
Where will his own commission work without colliding with the Government appointed Park Monitoring Committee?”
“ It’s sad to note that the President inherited six (6) performing state councils of the Union in the South-West popularly called Zone 2 his home base but because of his selfish interest four out of these six countries are formerly taken by their State Government including Lagos State now.
“ Their evil plan shouldn’t be allowed to materialize then in Lagos-State,” it added. The PUNCH had before reported that following the extremity rocking the union, Akinsanya pulled out in March after his suspense by the public leadership of the NURTW.
He also asked the governor to take over the handling of all premises and garages in the state till peace returned to the union.
Sanwo-Olu latterly suspended the conditioning of NURTW from all premises and garages with immediate effect and set up a commission headed by Akinsany to take control of the premises and garages.
The NURTW had also been suspended in Ondo, Oyo and some other South-West countries due to intractable leadership heads.
According to a 2021 report by the International Centre for Investigative Report, the Lagos chapter of NURTW generates about N123.08 bn annually, which could service the periodic budget of Nasarawa, Niger, and Yobe states put together.