The National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW), on Friday, said it was miffed by the persistent reports linking the union with the Chairman of the Park Management System (PMS) Mukaila Lamidi, popularly called Auxiliary, appointed by Governor Seyi Makinde.
In a Statement by its Deputy General Secretary, Alh.Suleiman A. Musa, NURTW noted that Auxiliary, appointed as Chairman of the “notorious park managers outfit created by the Oyo State Governor was expelled from the union in 2011, several years before he was empowered to unleash mayhem on the good people of Oyo State under the guise of running parks for the government.”
The union, therefore, distanced itself from the “atrocities committed by the individual.”
It emphasised that Makinde had proscribed its activities in the state since May 31, 2019, describing the persistent reports linking it with the “nefarious activities of the governor’s appointee” as highly unacceptable.
The union urged the Oyo State Government to do the needful and call Auxiliary to order so as to prevent avoidable clashes resulting in wanton destruction of property and loss of lives.
According to the statement, the NURTW is a body of law abiding individuals making a living in the transport sector and aversed to all forms of violent activities capable of putting their source of livelihood in jeopardy.
It added that the constitution of the union was very clear on dealing with identified dissidents or bad eggs like the “expelled appointee of the governor, whose conduct so far had justified the position of the NURTW that such elements should not be accommodated among peace loving members.”
The union also appealed to the media and the general public to stop attributing the excesses of the “ignoble park managers of the Oyo State Government or the nefarious undertakings of its appointed chairman to the NURTW,” stressing that its members are committed to promoting and sustaining peace at all times.
“The breach of peace would deprive members the opportunity to make a living in the industry,” the statement added.