The State Government has

said the two unions, National Union of Road Transport Workers  ( NURTW ) and Road Transport Employers Association of Nigeria  ( RTEAN), have not been banned.

Rather, they were suspended for two weeks.

Government had earlier frowned at the continuous crises rocking both unions and had wielded the big stick to express its displeasure.

Government’s pronouncement had led to protests by the unions who took to the street and later visited the governor in his office.

Activities of the unions had often given government concern, especially violent clashes amongst factions or rival organisations.

Many lives had been lost and others maimed due to these clashe


The State Government has set up a three-man committee to look into the crises rocking transport unions in the state.

 Acting Chairman, All Progressives Congress (  APC ), Ade Adetimehin is to chair the committee.

Other members are Dr. Doyin Odebowale, to serve as the Secretary and Alhaji Jimoh Dojumo.

At a peace meeting with the leadership of both NURTW and RTEAN, the Secretary of the Committee, who is also the Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Special Duties and Strategy, Dr. Doyin Odebowale , said government did not ban the unions but will not tolerate acts capable of degenerating to bloodshed.

He added that the government through its Task Force would henceforth ensure total compliance with the reversal order to N50 per drop by taxi cabs in the state.

He noted firmly that any violation of this would be severely dealt with.

Stating that the State Government ticket of N300 would be on sale for commercial motorists, the Committee Secretary advised leaders of the members whose stock in trade is formenting trouble, to desist from such unacceptable acts.

He pleaded with NURTW and RTEAN to embrace peace and give the State Government necessary support in resolving the issues.

Chairman, Ad-hoc Committee who is also the State Acting Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Ade Adetimehin told the unions to allow peace to reign in the state, adding that government would no longer tolerate acts of indiscipline by the unions.

He gave the assurance that all complaints would be looked into within two weeks and urged them to bring up their grievances as matured citizens and not to take laws into their hands.

Another member of the Committee who is also the Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Security, Alhaji Jimoh Dojumo, urged the unions to give peace a chance and enable government concentrate on enlarging the frontiers of development.

The Commissioner of Police, Mr. Bolaji Salami,  represented by his Assistant Commissioner of Police in charge of Operations, Mr. Mawedo James attended the peace meeting

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