The National Union of Road Transport Workers, NURTW, has directed members of the newly inaugurated Lagos State Parks Management Committee, headed by Musiliu Akinsanya, popularly called ‘MC Oluomo’, to vacate Ladoje, Agege, Lagos State Secretariat of the union.
The Chairman of the Caretaker Committee for Lagos State council of the union, Fatai Adesina (Akeweje), stated this while briefing the press at the weekend.
It will be recalled that the former Lagos State chairman of the NURTW, MC Oluomo, had, last month, publicly renounced his membership of the union, after being suspended by the national body over alleged insubordination, among others.
He was subsequently appointed by the state Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, as Chairman of the newly created Lagos State Parks Management Committee, to oversee the affairs of public transportation in the state.
Addressing journalists in Lagos, Adesina, appealed to Governor Sanwo-Olu to compel MC Oluomo and his colleagues to stop using NURTW secretariat since they are no longer members of the union.
“lt’s very proper and negates common sense. You renounce your membership of the union but you still hold tight to the property of the union.
“We are appealing to the state government to help talk to the members of the committee to vacate our office. That complex belongs to the NURTW and since you said you are no longer a member, courtesy demands that you drop all the union’s property in your possession.
“We are all card-carrying members of the All progressives Congress (APC) and this is election period; we don’t want anything that will affect the peace in the state, hence, our appeal to Oluomo and his people to leave our property.
“One of the terms of reference given to us is to collect all the union’s property, including cash from executives of former administration,” Adesina stated.
There are fears in that any move to forcefully dislodge MC Oluomo and his goons from, should they refuse to peacefully leave, the area could spark bloody clashes.
History shows that Nigeria’s transport unionism, especially in the South-West, is not unfamiliar with violence.