The Lagos State Government on Thursday suspended the activities of the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) from all parks and garages in the state.
The move is as a result of the crisis rocking the Lagos chapter of NURTW and the national body, which led to the suspension of Musiliu Akinsanya, popularly known as MC Oluomo by the national body.
Following the tension generated by the suspension of MC Oluomo, the government took the decision for the safety of Lagosians.
A statement issued by the Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Gbenga Omotoso late Thursday said the government had been watching closely events in the NURTW.
“There have been claims and counter claims over the control of the union. The Government has a duty to ensure the safety of lives and property of all Lagosians and visitors.
“Therefore, there is an urgent need to douse the unnecessary tension generated by the leadership tussle in the NURTW and protect the citizenry from the likely fallout of the situation.
“After considering the provisions of the law, the government hereby suspends the activities of NURTW, which must cease to operate in all parks and garages in Lagos State,” he said.
Omotoso stated that the government would set up a Committee to immediately take control of the parks and garages.
He said members of the committee would be key stakeholders in the sector.
“The Government’s position is premised on its responsibility to ensure that there is no breakdown of law and order in all parks and garages in Lagos State,” Omotoso said.
Earlier, MC Oluomo had pulled the Lagos chapter of NURTW from the national body and urged the Lagos State Government to implement the 2004 White Paper which recommended that a committee should be set up to manage the parks and garages.