By : Fashina Shakiru



Hundreds of thousands members of National Union Of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) Lagos State Chapter, stormed Lagos State House, Marina on Sunday to express their displeasure over the anti-union of the National President of the Union, Alhaji Tajudeen Baruwa.



The aggrieved protesters were seen carrying placards with inscriptions like “Baruwa instigates violence in Lagos State, we want peace in Lagos State. We the NURTW members are tired of Baruwa’s extortion. Stop being manipulative Mr. President (Baruwa), M.C Oluomo is a peacemaker. Tricycle Operators (TOOAN) remains an arm of Lagos state NURTW and so many others.”



State Deputy chairman, Alhaji Sulyman Ojora, said: “We are here to defend our opinions. It’s peace we need in Lagos State, we don’t want any violence across our garages. That’s why we’ve come to see Mr. Governor on a peaceful protest and submit our letters of complaints. Also, other Executive Council members are on ground to express their feelings without violence.”



The Executive Governor of Lagos State, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu received the letters of complaints from the Deputy State Chairman, Alhaji Sulyman Ojora, and Alhaji Mustapha Akinkunle Sego.



In addressing members of the Union, BOS said: “I appreciate you all for coming to lodge complaints peacefully without violence, and I promise to look into the matter as soon as possible.”



The Amuwo NURTW Branch C Chairman, Prince Ajele Abeyi Abayomi popularly known Ikomodina who led the protest, appealed to the Lagos State Governor to rescue Lagos state NURTW Chapter from the anti-union activities of the National President of the Union.



Addressing newsmen at the protest ground, Ikomodina said the National President, Alhaji Tajudeen Baruwa was the architect of the problem facing the National Union Of Road Transportation Workers (NURTW) Lagos State Chapter since he had “indicated interest” in some hoodlums who claim to be members of the Union.



Ajele noted that Alhaji Musiliu Akinsanya (MC Oluomo) is State Chairman in the past two years and his reign has been peaceful without violence. But recently, Mr. Baruwa instigated violence through some elements and that was why they marched to the State House to register their complaints with the Governor so that he would call the National President of the Association to order.



Ikomodina said the State Chairman had written letter of appeal to him but there was no positive response, instead, he continued to cause violence in the State which they detested.



“He has caused violence in Ogun State, Oyo State and even Ondo where the Executive Governor, Mr. Rotimi Akeredolu suspended the Union’s activities till further notice. And we don’t such to happen in Lagos,” Ikomodina said.



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