Gist: Governor Abiodun Blocks NURTW From Collecting Revenue For Ogun State
Governor Dapo Abiodun of Ogun State on Sunday blocked the leadership of the National Road Transport Workers (NUTRW) in the state from resuming collection of dues and revenues on behalf of the government at motor parks and garages in the state. Abiodun had banned the NURTW from collecting dues and revenues at parks following internal wrangling within the ranks of the union over leadership.
However, the leadership crisis has been laid to rest with the taking over and re-opening of the union’s secretariat in Asero, Abeokuta, last year, under the chairmanship of Mustapha Ismail.
But Abiodun, who spoke through the Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Abdulwaheed Odusile, on Sunday, warned the leadership of the NURTW and their operatives to stay away from all parks and garages in the state to avoid incurring the wrath of the law.
According to him, the warning became necessary in view of intelligence reports that the union was planning to resume collection of dues and revenues on behalf of the government at the motor parks and garages in the state.
That, he said, is “against the existing decision of the government banning the activities of the NURTW in all motor parks and garages in the State.”
“It will be recalled that following crisis in the leadership of the NURTW in the state that threatened the security of lives and property, 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,” Odusile quoted the governor as saying.
The governor said security agencies had been ordered to arrest and prosecute any NURTW member that went against the warning.