By Glam & Essence
FOLLOWING the crisis rocking the activities of the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) in Itire-Ikate Local Council Development Area (LCDA) of Lagos State, which led to the breakdown of law and order last Thursday, the Council Chairman, Dr Ahmed Olarenwaju Apatira has suspended the union activities.
Apatira issued a statement last Friday stopping the activities of the union in the council area.
The council boss said the decision was taken after numerous complaints from the public that the NURTW members were planning to unleash mayhem in Itire-Ikate LCDA.
Apatira said the decision became inevitable due to intelligence reports gathered in the last few days of an impending factional overthrow and counter-overthrow of leadership of the union within the local government area.
It would be recalled that the change in leadership of the union at the state level pitched the union members against one another.Sources revealed that those who are not in the camp of the new leadership have been feeling uncomfortable and have threatening mayhem in their branches.
But recently,the Lagos State Caretaker Committee members led by the former State Treasurer Alhaji Musiliu Akinsanya (a.k.a MC Oluomo) that Oluomo urged them to reach out to the aggrieved members.
A member of the committee, Ibrahim Yusuf said the committee under the leadership of Oluomo will work for the progress of the union.
Apatira said, “It is worrisome that residents of Itire-Ikate LCDA cannot sleep with their eyes closed due to the lingering crisis that has emanated from the union members few days ago.
According to him, the council is invoking her constitutional right to own and manage motor parks as stated in “Schedule 4 made pursuant to Section 7 of the 1999 Constitution, paragraph 1e thereof, which provides for Establishment, Maintenance and Regulation of Slaughter Houses, Slaughter Slabs, Markets, Motor Parks and Public Convenience”.
“The suspension order would be in place till sanity and peace is guaranteed by members of the union.”
Apatira, in a letter to the Area ‘D’ Police Commandant in Mushin, on Friday titled “Obstruction of peace,” urged the police to ensure sanity in the area.