Wednesday, 19 February 2020

NURTW Activities in Oyo; Police Calls For Caution As Union Threatens Showdown: Olaleye Idowu

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The Oyo state police command is calling for caution over trending  social media video to which the police high command in the state had described as being “inciting” and that which is culpable of threatening the peace and security in Oyo state.
In a statement made available to urban express news online through the Oyo State Police Public Relation officer Sp Fadeyi Olugbenga describe the viral video of being capable of causing unrest in the state, says the said video featured the erstwhile chairman Alh Abedeen Olajide and some other members of the proscribed National union of roads Transport workers (NURTW) in Oyo.

His words: the attention of the commissioner of police, cp shina Olukolu has been drawn to an inciting video trending on social media, the commissioner of police wishes  to unequivocally and sternly warn all the warring factions of a proscribed union to maintain peace and sheath their sword  and abstain from any action that capable of threatening the peace and security being enjoyed by the peace-loving people of Oyo state.
The police as the lead agency on internal security agencies will continue in synergy with all other sisters security agencies with the understanding of continue to carry out its constitutional responsibilities of protection of lives and properties as it will not fold its arms and allow any disgruntled individuals or groups to take laws into their hands and cause chaos or mayhem.
He said the appointment of park mangers should therefore not be misrepresented adding that it is simply a call to service and does not call for any form of celebration or funfair, neither should it be an excuse for orchestrated agenda to foment lawlessness and disunity.
The spokesman said all criminal-minded hoodlums or groups who are bent on causing mayhem are hereby warn to stay clear from the motor parks or garages in Oyo  state as the police will not hesitate to bring down the full weight of the law on such individuals or groups that attempt to test the collective will of the security agencies in Oyo state.
But the leadership of the National union of road Transport workers (NURTW) has threatened a showdown should the state government fail to reverse its decision within seven days as the union would embark on strike.
The governor of Oyo state, Mr Seyi Makinde had earlier announced his intention of appointing park managers in various parks in the state, a development that was said not to go down well with the leadership of the union saying such decision is capable of making its members go hungry as there will be no more means of sustaining their families.
Addressing journalists at the zonal council secretariat of the NURTW in Osogbo, the caretaker Chairman of the Union in Oyo State, Kayode Agbeyangi, accused Makinde of acting the script of some of its former members to truncate union activities and block their means of livelihood.
Agbeyangi, who was flanked by the caretaker Chairman, Lagos State NURTW, Musiliu Akinsanya alleged that the administration of Makinde had been championing the cause of Mukaila Lamidi, also known as ‘Auxiliary,’ who had been expelled from the union.
He said, “The alleged plan to appoint park managers is the height of the onslaught against members of the NURTW that are operating across motor parks in the state.
“Our union has consistently maintained and encouraged industrial harmony in every states of the federation and at no time has our union declared any industrial strike against any government, whether federal or state, and effort must be geared towards averting this.
“The union wishes to once again appeal to Governor Seyi Makinde to allow the activities of the union in the state and rescind the introduction of the park management scheme within one week (seven working days) so as to save thousands of our members and their families from hardship and starvation. This appeal serves as an ultimatum.”

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