Government threatens to suspend NURTW, RTEAN over incessant clashes, killings

Lagos State Government has read the riot act to members of the National Union of Road Transport Workers, NURTW, and Road Transport Employers Association of Nigeria, RTEAN, following incessant violent clashes at Mile-2 end of Oshodi-Apapa Expressway, in which at least five persons reportedly lost their lives in latest clash, last week.

Chairman of the Lagos State Traffic Management on Apapa gridlock, who is also the Special Adviser to the Governor on Transportation, Oluwatoyin Fayinka, warned that the state government would not hesitate to wield the big stick by suspending their activities if the unions refuse to let peace reign and comply with the extant laws of the state.

Fayinka, at a peace meeting with both parties in Alausa, Ikeja, yesterday, described the last week Wednesday’s fracas that claimed at least five lives in Mile-2, Amuwo-Odofin Local Government Area of the state as ‘unfortunate and avoidable,” warning that, “The state government will not tolerate needless killings and lawlessness in the state.”

Present at the peace meeting are; Alhaji AbdulRamanu Amusan, State Secretary RTEAN, Alhaji Olabode Ogungbade, Zonal Chairman RTEAN, Alhaji Waheed –Alamu, AlhajiRasaki Zulu, comrade Salami Ismail, comrade Ojora Sulaimon, Deputy State Chairman NURTW, Comrade Tunde Raji, Comrade Wasiu Bello, Comrade Abiodun Ibrahim.

The representatives of Lagos State Police Command and the Military were however not at the meeting, though duly invited.

Fayinka, reiterated that as part of efforts to return peace to the area, the State government has suspended further sale of tickets to truckers in the axis, while it awaits the report of the Police on investigations into the latest crisis.

Fayinka vowedthat the Lagos State Government, through the Ministry of Transportation will not relent in carrying out enforcement without fear or favour.

In response to the violence that marred Mile-2 and Amuwo Odofin Axis between the RTEAN, and NURTW, Amuwo division, the Lagos State Government had declared that any more clashes will attract a suspension of their operations.

Fayinka stated that the state government will proceed with dealing with the case intrinsically as soon as the Nigerian Police present the report of the crisis, stressing that looming problem of multiple levies on truckers by the unions around the axis had been the trigger for the dispute and would not be tolerated.

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