The National Union of Road Transport Workers Union (NURTW) has condemned the constitution of a committee to manage and oversee commercial motor parks and garages in Lagos state.
The NURTW in a statement by its National President, Alhaji Ibukunle Baruwa, described the constitution of the committee as illegal on the ground that there is currently no known law in Lagos state backing it.
Part of the statement reads: “By the promulgation of Decree numbers 21 and 22, the ‘NURTW’ was registered as a trade union in Nigeria having affiliation with Nigeria Labour Congress.
“They then became independent with sovereignty, juristic entity and a body corporate with perpetual succession, power to hold, own property and to sue and be sued in their corporate name.”
The NURTW reels off the objectives of the Union which provides thus: “To organize workers who are qualified for membership into the union; To regulate the relationship between workmen and employers;To establish and maintain just and proper work hours of work rates of pay and conditions of service;To advance the education and training of members; To establish and maintain high standards of workmanship and professional practice; Provisions of benefits and other assistance to the members as provided in the constitution of the ‘Union’.
“Encouragement of participation of workers in decision making process at undertaking, industry and national levels; Protection and advancement of the socio-economic and cultural interests of workmen, and To organize all gainfully employed transport workers such as taxi, township bus service and trailers drivers operating in all local government-controlled motor parks who convey passengers, goods and food stuffs, as well as drivers in transport companies and transport corporations throughout the federation of Nigeria.”
The statement added that: “The adoption of these valuable objectives in the hands of the ‘Union’ called for self governance and total involvement of the ‘Union and not park management as proposed by some states government whose sole aim is to use our members (workers) for political thuggery.
“Park management as an indirect rule of the ‘Union’ by some state governments is unjust and injustice to the aims and objectives of the ‘Union’.
“Just like all other statutory organizations such as Nigerian Society of Engineers (NSE), Institute of Chartered Accountant (ICAN), PENGANSAN, ASSU, NASU who are creation of statute, National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) (aka Union) had a legitimate birth and as such is independent of state government involvement in their administration just like the aforementioned unions. Hence imposition of park management is unconstitutional. The ‘Union’ was among the forty-two trade unions formed as a creation of Decree.”
The NURTW also noted that the management of all parks, garages and bus stops within the state falls under the purview of the local government councils, and not the state government.
“The local government authorities are the Landlords of the ‘Union’ by virtue of our operation in the various motor parks as provided by the Constitution of the ‘Union’. Then of what relevant is the involvement of the state government in the affairs of the ‘Union’, but mere misuse of power, exploitation and inducement of our members (workers) into political thuggery.”
The National President of the NURTW, Alhaji Ibukunle Baruwa, also condemned the appointment of Musiliu Akinsanya, aka MC Oluomo, as the chairman of the newly constituted Lagos Parks and Garages Management Committee by the state government.
MC Oluomo who was the Chairman of NURTW (Lagos chapter) was sacked by the national body of NURTW last week for not showing remorse after his initial suspension for insubordination, abuse of office and incitements.
“The ‘Union’ Leadership is characterized by hierarchy which enable it to maintain a reasonable high degree of discipline, efficiency and effectiveness within the ’Union’.
“It equally believe in rule of law and procedural process of discipline of her members.
“When the ‘Union’ realized that Lagos State Council was infected with a very high level of indiscipline and chronic mal-administration as a result of gross misconduct on the part of Mr. Musiliu Akinsanya, the Lagos State council Chairman, who exhibited irrational behavior, the ‘Union’ employed procedural process of discipline and due process to arrive at a decision.
“The event in Lagos State Council lead to the National Administration Council’s decision to suspend Mr Musiliu Akinsanya as the Lagos State council chairman, which was meant to instill discipline among the members of the ‘Union’.
“The overwhelming Lagosians who viewed Musliu Akinsanya as thug, clown and devil in human flesh were happy at the decisions of the National Administrative council of the Union at the Abuja headquarters.
“It is worthy of emphasis that the decision of Lagos State government to appoint Mr, Musliu Akinsanya as park manager in the newly introduced park management was aimed at encouraging preponderant reign of terror,” Alhaji Ibukunle Baruwa said.