The Chairman of Lagos State Parks and Garages Management Committee, Musiliu Akinsanya popularly called MC Oluomo, has appealed to the Lagos Police Command to intervene and protect him as well as other members of the committee from being attacked by members of the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) in the state.
Akinsanya said that the NURTW members have threatened to mobilise 5,000 members of the transport union in the state to their headquarters in Agege and forcefully evict them from there, a structure that allegedly does not belong to them.
He made the appeal for the security agency’s intervention on Wednesday after the Chairman of NURTW Caretaker Committee for the state, Fatai Adesina popularly called Akeweje, in an open letter to the State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, threatened to ensure they were evicted from the park management headquarters in the state.
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Akinsanya appealed to the Lagos state government and security agencies to call Adesina and his group to order, in other not to truncate the peace and harmony that had existed over the years across the state.
The chairman, in a speech read by a Olayiwola Lemboye, stated that the park management committee members were advocates of peace and not lovers of violence.
According to him, using the word forcefully is an aberration and affront to us in drivers’ union in the state. Instead of resorting to this, why can’t you (Akeweje) back up your claim with a document of proof of ownership or any documentary evidence from NURTW National Headquarters that the said secretariat was built by them? Instead of resorting to purported violence, why can’t you approach the law of court for adjudication?”
The parks management committee chief reminded the group that all members in Lagos state pulled out of NURTW National Body as a result of draconian nature of Tajudeen Baruwa, “who was hell-bent on distorting the permanent peace and harmony in Lagos and efforts to call him to order proved abortive.
“The decision to pull out of the National Body of NURTW was a joint agreement and final decision by the entire ranks and files of the drivers association in Lagos State. There were written documents signed by all ranks and files members to buttress this.”
Akinsanya said Adesina was unanimously removed by his branch members after the expiration of his tenure.
He urged the state government and security agencies to hold the group responsible for any breakdown of law and order in the state.
It would be recalled that Adesina was appointed the national president of the transport body, Tajudeen Baruwa after the proscription of the union by the Lagos state government.