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How NURTW, traders avert bloodbath in Lagos Island

By News Desk

After several hours of deliberation, members of National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW), residents, and traders in Itafaaji axis of Lagos Island have agreed to adjust modalities for collection of levies from commercial vehicles and haulage services.

They agreed that exorbitant charges placed by NURTW on ticket be canceled and that it should be limited to vehicles that have concluded plans to transport goods from the axis.

Before the agreement, residents and traders were already spurring for a clash with the transport union over claims that Chairmen of Lagos Island local government and Lagos Island-East Local Council Development Area (LCDA) have given approval to the NURTW Chairman, Oyebanji branch, Mustapha Seego, to start collection loading and off-loading levies from traders on Alli Street, Itafaji axis.

Source narrated that Seego, however, invited some of his colleagues from other NURTW branches to visit Alli Street and fine-tune modalities for collection of levies from commercial drivers and Igbo traders aiming to load or offload their wares.

As gathered, when news on the development filtered in, residents and traders at Itafaaji began consultations and later resolved to kick against the plan by attacking NURTW members.

According to the source, this development generated lots of discussion among the residents who condemned the operation with the opinion that the NURTW representatives who always use force to collect money will bring chaos to the peaceful area.

“We then resolved that we will resist the activities with all our power by petitioning the State Governor and copy the Commissioner of Police, Area Commander and all DPOs in Lagos Island”.

“Also, we will combat them with all dangerous weapons the NURTW members are used. Though, we are peace-loving people but will resist them with all our ability, even if we are to sacrifice our lives”, he added.

When our correspondent visited one of the CDA Chairmen in the area, he confirmed to have received petitions from different residents in the area, vowing to resist the NURTW operation.

Speaking with the President of the Igbo traders in the area under the umbrella of ACSATAON, Dr. Chris Simon confirmed the move by the NURTW operation which his members totally condemned and threatened to use legal action to stop the operation.

He, however, hinted, “As the President of the Igbo traders association, I have to call the State Chairman of the NURTW, Musiliu Akinsanya, over the matter, he now directed Alhaji Seego to see me discuss on how his boys’ operation will not cause mayhem and affect my people and residents of the area”.

“When Alhaji Seego came with his men to my office at Alli Street, we had a long discussion and later resolved that the NURTW men will be giving tickets to the drivers of commercial vehicles that want to do loading and off-loading at the Tinubu junction of Alli Street before they enter the Street, while the exorbitant charge was cancelled for the daily ticket”.

“We thank God for resolving the expected mayhem amicably and I’ve briefed my people about our resolution, while the CDAs Chairmen in the area were also informed, with the assurance to the residents that there will not be any problem” he added.

Efforts to get Alhaji Seego to confirm the resolution proved abortive

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