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Lagos Government Bans Transport Union, NURTW

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Babajide Sanwo-Olu

The National Union of Road Transport Workers’ (NURTW) activities have been suspended indefinitely at Eyin Eyo, Church Street and Idumota Bridge, on the Lagos Island area of Lagos State.
Last Thursday, factions of the NURTW clashed over the control of motor parks on the Lagos Island area of the state, leaving several people, including traders and commuters, injured.

The fracas, which extended to Friday, also paralysed business activities.
However, the Special Adviser to the Governor on Transportation, Oluwatoyin Fayinka, on Tuesday announced the suspsion of the Union’s ativities at a stakeholders meeting comprising NURTW, Central Business District, CBD, and Lagos State Market Women Association (Iya Oloja General and Iya Oloja of Lagos Island) held at Alausa, Ikeja, to address the crisis often caused by activities of transport union members.

Fayinka explained that the Lagos State Parks Monitoring Authority will resume work at Eyin Eyo, to prevent further acts of violence.
“The Rapid Response Squad, RRS, has been directed to deploy Armoured Personnel Carrier (APC) on Idumota Bridge to deter motorists from driving against traffic in compliance with traffic rules and regulations.

“They will also enforce the suspension of the NURTW within the axis and simultaneously flush out the Oju Opake boys lurking along Plaza around Church Street axis,” Fayinka affirmed.
Suspension of all activities of the transport union at Church Street and John Street, particularly Keke Marwa and Mini Buses (Korope) was also announced by the Special Adviser.

He asserted that the RRS, in collaboration with the state police command, would ensure safety of lives in the area.
“State security operatives are hereby put on red alert to ensure safety and security of lives and properties in Lagos Island and environs,” Fayinka stated.

Fayinka who expressed her displeasure at the wanton looting and destruction of their goods in shops around Idumota area, applauded the position taken by State Government, the Iya Oloja, Lagos Island, Alhaja Risikat Odumosu.

“We will not stand back and watch our properties destroyed by miscreants from now where,” she stressed as she appealed to the state government to come to their rescue.

Source – Sahara reporters

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