***Pegs Union Ticket to N200 in Ondo State
The National President of the National Union of Road Transport Workers, (NURTW) Prof. Tajudeen Ibikunle Baruwa has called on all the warring factions within the union to shield their swords.
Prof. Baruwa made this appeal while reopening the state Secretariat of the union closedown on the 12th October, 2022 in Akure, Ondo state capital.
Following the closure, the national secretariat of NURTW set up the Caretaker Committee led by comrade Oluwatoyin Olaoye to coordinate the affairs of the union while Ondo state government set up park management committee to manage all parks in the state.
Apparently not satisfied, the national body of the union challenged the decision of government in court through the Akure branch of human rights defender, Active Success & Empowerment Initiative (ASEI) over the alledged closure of the state secretariat of the union and forceful taking over of some parks belonging to the union.
Resolving the disputes, the court granted the union rights to reopen it secretariat at Igoba Akure and freedom to operate within parks belonging to them across the state.
The president who was represented by a team of national officers led by comrade Isa Ore said the next agenda for the union is how to reclaim all it parks in Ondo state on or before June 12 this month in line with the judgement of the court.
According to him, it is no longer advisable or save for members to operate by the road sides when they have parks legitimately purchased by the union across the state.
While assuring all stakeholders especially the state government of it legitimate earnings, Buruwa says no party will be excluded in the scheme of things as everything has been structured to be a win win situation for all parties.
The NURTW president who made it abundantly clear that the union ticket will be sold for N200 in the state informed that, it is the federal government that is solely responsible for the printing and distributing of NURTW tickets throughout the federation at the rate of N4000 per booklet while the union only added N4000 to make it N8000.
After selling the tickets, the union will return the initial N4000 to the federal government through the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) while the added N4000 will be shared among the national, states and units
He therefore called for cooperation of all members to achieve this saying “we must no longer allow the fifth columnist to divide us for their selfish gains, we are one and we must remain one indivisible entity that we are know for. Let us be united, the more united we stand, the stronger we become. Enough of these divisive tendencies by our ditractors”
He finally urged members to close ranks for the progress and development of the union saying, there is no meaningful development that can take place in an atmosphere of rancour.