Internal Wrangling Persists In Road Unions, Despite Proscription Threat

a man with his mouth open: Musiliu Akinsanya(C) Provided by Daily Independent Musiliu Akinsanya

LAGOS – Following several agitations, wrangling, internal rancour and loads of petitions inundating the office of the Assistant Director of Transportation in charge of Transport Union Affairs in the state ministry of Transportation about the administrative style of Musiliu Akinsanya, aka MC Oluomo, with several appeals to call him to order, the state government in a recent statement issued a warning to the union.

The Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu threatened to proscribe the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) if the members do not conduct themselves well. The governor said this in a media chat, where he maintained that his administration was committed to delivering his Greater Lagos vision.

Sanwo-olu said, “The NURTW is a national body of the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC). It is a registered trade union.

Like other unions, they are under the supervision of the state government.

We regulate and supervise them.

They would be proscribed if they don’t conduct themselves well.”

It would be recalled that some members of the National Union of Road Transport Workers in Lagos State staged several protests to the state House of Assembly and to other chieftains of the ruling APC in the state rejecting the emergence of Musiliu Akinsanya, aka MC Oluomo, as the chairman of the caretaker committee of the body in the state.

The protesters condemned Akinsanya’s emergence, saying he and his supporters and backers were working against the constitution of the union.

It was learnt that the National President of the NURTW, Alhaji Tajudeen Baruwa, appointed Akinsanya as the caretaker chairman following the dissolution of the executive committee in the state.

But the protesters believed that Akinsanya, who is contesting the state NURTW chairmanship, would use his position as the head of the caretaker committee to impose himself as the state chairman.

One of the protesting members, who identified himself simply as Nosiru, said, “Akinsanya and his followers had been working against the constitution of the union, adding that there would be trouble if he was imposed on members”.

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However, the Tajudeen Baruwa led NURTW at the National headquarters in Abuja did not only go ahead to install him as the chairman of the caretaker committee to manage the affairs of the union in Lagos till a duly elected executive is put in place, but went ahead after a stint in that caretaker position to announce him as the substantive chairman to run a full four year term.

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