After six months of suspension, Ondo State government has directed the interim caretaker committee of the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) to take charge of some designated motor parks in the state.
The Senior Special Assistant to Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu on Special Duties and Strategy, Doyin Odebowale gave the directive while addressing government house correspondents in Akure.
Odebowale said the caretaker committee headed by Olalekan Folorunso, the Osun State’s NURTW Chairman was sent by its national body
He maintained that the committee would be governed by Ondo State’s law to sustain existing peace across the state
Odebowale hinted that those selling tickets on behalf of the state would continue while the new committee would not be permitted to sell any tickets outside that of the state
Cautioning the new committee against any breach of peace, the SSA warned those still parading themselves as leadership of motor parks under any disguise to desist forthwith or be ready to face prosecution
Odebowale who explained that the security agencies had been mobilized to ensure orderliness regarding activities of the interim committee added that Ondo State government was committed to taking away hardship from its residents.
It would be recalled that Ondo State governor, Rotimi Akeredolu, had on the 1st of March 2021 banned the activities of the National Union of Road Transport Workers, and the Road Transport Employers’ Association of Nigeria, following the leadership crisis of the two unions.
The order then, was not unconnected with the leadership crisis of the two unions and the recent increase in the transport fares across the state.
The governor’s aide then, directed the leadership of both the NURTW and the RTEAN to vacate motor parks across the 18 local government areas of the state and to stop collecting money from taxi drivers and other motorists.
He also directed all the taxi drivers to revert to the old fare of N50 per drop. He ordered that the new ticket should be purchased directly from the government.
“Every attempt to make life difficult for the people would be restricted and the security agencies have been notified to effect timely arrest and prosecution of the defaulters”, Odebowale declared.