The Lagos State Government has appointed the sacked Chairman of the National Union of Road Transport Workers, Lagos State branch, Musiliu Akinsanya (MC Oluomo), as the chairman of a committee to oversee the affairs of all motor parks and garages in the state.
The Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr Gbenga Omotoso, disclosed this in a statement on Thursday, noting that members of the committee would report to the Ministry of Transport, Alausa, Ikeja.
He said, “This is in fulfilment of the government’s promise to ensure that events in the National Union of Road Transport Workers are not allowed to threaten law and order. The government has, therefore, exercised its constitutional powers to ensure that no vacuum, which can disrupt the peace of our dear state, is allowed to exist in the parks.
“This is a duty we owe all Lagosians and visitors. Members of the committee, who have been selected following consultations with stakeholders in the sector, are, Mr Hakeem Odumosu (AIG rtd) – Government Liaison Officer; Musiliu Akinsanya (Chairman); Sulyman Ojora (Deputy Chairman); Dr Taiwo Salaam (Secretary); Olayiwola Lemboye; Mustapha Adekunle; Ganiyu Shittu; Mukaila Runsewe; Sulyman Yusuf; Mufutau Mutiu; Yinka Hassan; Sunday Ogunleye; Moshood Omojowa; Ismaila Aigoro; Ibrahim Yusuf; Akeem Tijani; Mrs Omolabake Adelakun; Kazeem Hassan; Wasiu Amole; Ganiyu Ayinde; Anthony Adeboye; John Owolabi; Saburi Salami; Ibrahim Onitiju and Odusanya Gbenga.”
The PUNCH had reported that the NURTW on March 9 suspended Akinsanya over a leadership tussle.
The Lagos State Government on March 10 also suspended NURTW operations in all parks following the tension sparked by some events in the union.
However, Akinsanya’s son, with the alias, King West, on Instagram, congratulated his father on his appointment as the “General Manager of the Lagos Transport Parks and Garages Committee.”
The government, in a statement, denied the development.
After the Thursday announcement of Akinsanya as the chairman of the parks committee, some social media users said the move was wrong, while others commended it.
A Twitter user, Demola Olanrewaju (@DemolaRewaju), said, “News of MC Oluomo as Parks Management Chairman, despite initial official denials by the LASG is a confirmation of the unholy alliance between a rogue union operative and the ruling APC cabal; and it is at the detriment of Lagos commuters. I said this on radio two weeks ago.”
Another Twitter user, Ayemojubar.js (@ayemojubar), also tweeted, “Lagos appoints MC Oluomo Parks Management Committee chairman. From grass to grace to Ogo 5G; our incoming Minister of Transportation. Just imagine the kind of person chairing Lagos parks, their centre of excellence?”
Meanwhile, the Amuwo Transporters of Lagos State has asked the the state government to intervene in the NURTW crisis.
A statement by ATLS stated that following the dissolution and sacking of Akinsanya by the national body, there had been reports of planned attacks.
The chairman of the ATLS and Manager of Iyare Motors, Mr Sunday Andrew, emphasised that there had been peaceful co-existence since the administration of Akinsanya, adding that the crisis began when the NURTW National President, Mr Tajudeen Baruwa, meddled in the state affairs.
Also, the CEO of Lamb of Gods Motors and Edo/Delta Chairman, ATLS, Mr Friday Imafindon, said the motive behind the dissolution of the union by the state government was unknown, adding that it altered the business of private transport workers.
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