Group names those fueling Ondo NURTW crisis

A group, the Concerned Commercial Drivers (CCD), has alleged that some aides of Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu are the ones who make it difficult to resolve the crisis rocking the state chapter of the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW).

The group said in a statement issued in Akure, the state capital, that some NURTW members drew their inspiration and confidence from these aides to challenge and disregard decisions of the state government concerning the crisis.

CCD in the statement signed by its Coordinator, Abayomi Adeniji, wondered why the state government would take a decision and some people would disobey it if they are not enjoying support from somewhere in the corridors of power.

It called on Governor Akeredolu to investigate its claims to know why all the efforts of his government to resolve the crisis failed.

The group said: “We know that Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu is a man of peace. His government made several efforts to resolve the protracted crisis in the NURTW, but these efforts did not yield any fruit.

“Since the crisis could not be resolved, the state government decided to suspend the NURTW activities in the state and set up the State Park Management Committee. We thought this action of the government would bring respite. But we didn’t know we were joking and deceiving ourselves.

“It is unfortunate that the Park Management Committee cannot function about two weeks after its inauguration because it is unacceptable to some people, who violently protested the suspension of the NURTW activities and claimed that the government had no power to take such an action. One person was killed during the protest and, up till now, nothing has happened to the killers.

“Our investigations have revealed that there are some people in the Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu government who are supporting these elements. It is from the aides of the governor that they draw their inspiration and confidence. That is why they have the effrontery to disregard the state government and challenge its decision.

“We have the same situation in Oyo, Ogun and Lagos states. Nobody or group of people have dared the governments of these states for taking actions that would ensure peace. Why Ondo state is different is because of the saboteurs in the state corridors of power.

“We hereby call on Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu to conduct an investigation into all our claims with the aim of finding out those in his government that are fanning the ember of crisis among commercial drivers in Ondo state. We believe there will be peace if these people are exposed and reined in.

“The crisis is affecting us seriously. As commercial drivers, we need peace to operate.”