Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde has assured the leadership of the National Union of Road Transport Workers Union (NURTW), of his willingness to lift the ban provided the members can assure on maintaining peace in the state.
Alhaji Nojeem Yasin, president of the transport union stated this while addressing journalists after a meeting with the Governor at the Agodi Government Secretariat, Ibadan. Alhaji Yasin who led the national and state leaders of the Union to the meeting explained that Governor Makinde had assured the leadership of his willingness to lift the ban provided the members can assure on maintaining peace in the state.
He said “My mission in the state is to see the governor on the situation of our Union in the state and His Excellency has said that he did not proscribe the union on its own but that he did it in the interest of peace in Oyo state because there is a threat to the security of lives and property in the state and that was why he had to proscribe the union.
“He has asked me to go and meet our members and assure him that our members in Oyo state will remain in peace and they will not cause violence or hinder the movement of people of Oyo state and by the time I do that, he is ready to lift the ban on our activities.
“The governor even said if I can do it today (Friday) and give him the assurance today, he will unban it. There are no terms and or condition attached to the lifting of the ban other than for us to go and work things out with our rank and file and entire union membership and make sure that we assure him that there is going to be peace and that by the time we do that, he will unban our activities.”
After the meeting, the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Mr Taiwo Adisa also confirmed that the National President and his team made the governor agree that maintenance of peace and security is non-negotiable in the state. Adisa further asserts the readiness of Governor Makinde to lift the proscription on the activities of the union provided they are ready to maintain peace among their members.
Newsflash247 reports that Governor Makinde proscribed the NURTW activities in the state few days after inauguration as governor, following pockets of violence and leadership tussle between the members as a faction who claimed to be loyal to the government.