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Collect dues, get arrested – Ogun govt to NURTW

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Segun Ayinde, Abeokuta

The Ogun state government has directed security agencies to arrest and prosecute any operative of the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) found collecting revenue and dues from commercial drivers in parks and garages across the state.

The commissioner for information and strategy, Alhaji Waheed Odusile, who stated this in a statement in Abeokuta, the state capital, warned that the leadership or any member of NURTW found culpable of the offense would face the full wrath of the law.

Odusile said the warning became imperative following an intelligence reports by the security agencies that the union was planning to resume collection of dues and revenue on behalf of the government at the motor parks and garages.

The commissioner, who said that the state government kicked against the reports on the union’s plan, said that it was against the existing decision of the government that bans its the activities in all the motor parks and garages across the state.

He said that the decision of the government was to return peace and stability in parks and garages in the state which, in the time past, had suffered setbacks and led to loss of lives and property, forcing the State House of Assembly, in June 2020, to pass a resolution to suspend the activities of NURTW.

Odusile said “It will be recalled that following crisis in the leadership of the NURTW in the state that threatened security of lives and properties, particularly public transport in the state, the House of Assembly in June 2020 passed a resolution suspending the activities of the union in the state. The government, subsequently, banned the activities of the union in all motor parks and garages in the state.”

“Security agencies have been given firm directives to arrest and prosecute any operative of the NURTW or indeed anyone, group or association that has not been approved by the government to act on its behalf that attempts to defy the decision of the government or test its resolve to maintain peace and security in all parts of the state, including the motor parks. Unlike what obtained in the past, this administration has been methodical and deliberate in its approach to maintain peace at the motor parks as well as management of transport union activities, and will not allow anyone to undermine the prevailing peaceful environment”, he added.

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