Group charges Makinde to lift ban on Oyo NURTW
An appeal has been made to the Governor of Oyo State, Engineer Seyi Makinde, to lift the ban on the proscribed National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) in the state.
The coordinator of Ogbomoso Elite Club, Ogbomoso, Comrade ‘Yomi Olaore made the appeal in an interview with the Tribune Online in Ogbomoso yesterday.
It would be recalled that upon assumption of office, Governor Makinde, through his Chief of Staff, Chief Bisi Ilaka, had announced the proscription of the activities of the NURTW in the pace setter state, after which all the motor parks were taken over by the state government.
Comrade Olaore stated that it was high time the state government expedited actions to bring the union back. While lauding Governor Makinde for the steps taken to curb violence at the inception of the present administration in the state, Olaore maintained that the union leaders and members had learnt their lessons and that they would comport themselves in line with the set rules and regulations, thereby leading to peaceful and lawful activities of the union when the union is returned.
He called the state government’s attention to the consequences of the proscription of the union. According to him, “With the ban on the union’s activities, armed robbery and other criminal acts have increased drastically. The unionists seek any means to survive. Some of the NURTW men are breadwinners in their families. Our fear, as an association, is that these unengaged people may seek wayward means of earning a living and this affect the society generally. This is just a plea on Governor Makinde to consider the effects of the prolong proscription of the union.
“The act of criminality is not peculiar to Ogbomoso. This is the case in all areas of the state. Engineer Makinde is, therefore, advised to act fast on the issue of NURTW because of the implications and effects of the act on the common man. This position is borne out of our findings as a club that seeks the prosperity and peace of our society”