Following the crisis rocking the Lagos Chapter of the National Union of Road Transport Workers, the Lagos government has announced a suspension of the activities of members of the Union in the state.
Recall that the National Leadership of the Union suspended its Lagos State Chapter Chairman, Musiliu Akinsanya, a.k.a. MC Oluomo leading to the withdrawal of state chapter members from the transport union.
Mr. Gbenga Omotoso, the Lagos Commissioner for information made the decision of the state government known through a statement issued on Thursday evening.
The Lagos government claims that the suspension is part of efforts to douse tension over the recent developments.
The statement reads, “The Lagos State Government has been watching closely events in the National Union of Road Transport Workers Union (NURTW). There have been claims and counterclaims over the control of the union.
“The Government must ensure the safety of lives and property of all Lagosians and visitors. Therefore, there is an urgent need to douse the unnecessary tension generated by the leadership tussle in the NURTW and protect the citizenry from the likely fallout of the situation.
“After considering the provisions of the law, the Government hereby suspends the activities of NURTW, which must cease to operate in all parks and garages in Lagos State.
“The Government will set up a Committee to immediately take control of the parks and garages. Members of the committee will be key stakeholders in the sector.
“The Government’s position is premised on its responsibility to ensure that there is no breakdown of law and order in all parks and garages in Lagos State.”