The proscribed National Union of Road Transport Workers(NURTW) in Oyo State, on Tuesday said it will install telecommunication and information technology gadgets in motor parks and vehicles to fight crimes like kidnapping and armed robbery in the state.
A chieftain of the union, Alhaji Mukaila Lamidi a.k.a. Auxiliary disclosed this on Tuesday while addressing journalists in Ibadan.
He stated that for states in the South West to win the battle against kidnappers and insurgency, there should be cordial and sincere cooperation between the government and union.
Auxiliary noted that the kidnappers and terrorists were not operating as invisible spirits but as human beings who ply roads within the state and local governments.
He said: “If government’s fight against insecurity, especially kidnapping, robbery in the south and insurgency, terrorism will yield results, state governments need to collaborate with the Nigeria Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW). For instance, in Oyo State, our Union is perfecting arrangement to install 4G telecommunication and information technology gadgets in our garages and vehicles.
“We are in good talk with some professionals and consultants both here and abroad and we shall employ over 500 graduates of computer and information technology and transport management for this purpose. Our union is ready to form synergy with Oyo State government to flush out criminals from the state and make the state habitable to everyone.”
Auxiliary also appealed to everyone in the state to support the union’s move and warned parents to discourage their children from joining hands with the enemies of the present administration as well as those against the ongoing transformation process within the union.
His words:“Some elements, people without tangible or traceable sources of wealth are gathering gullible boys for selfish interest against the state government and the union. My advise goes to all parents to consider the present state of insecurity in the state and warn their children against any violent act or unwarranted uproar against the state or NURTW, as security agents in the state would not encourage nor entertain any activities capable of disturbing peace in the state.
“We have equally talked to every bonafide member of NURTW in the state to always remember that the union is legally registered as a trade union to carry out legitimate businesses relating to transportation of goods and human, therefore they should desist from harbouring or working for disgruntled elements seeking refuge with the union. Do not forget that clampdown on fraudsters, yahoo boys and armed robbers by the security operatives in Oyo State is very effective and it has forced most of them out of business, hence they continue seeking refuge in politics and NURTW. We shall flush them out of our union, we are professionals, we would not allow anyone to use our union against the government of Engineer Seyi Makinde and the progress of the state.”