Lagos State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode, has banned transport unionism in Oshodi, following the violence that erupted after the killing of a popular union leader, Rasaq Bello, aka Hamburger, last week.
Bello was murdered by suspected rival gang members in the Shogunle area of Oshodi when violence broke out at the venue of the election primaries of the All Progressives Congress (APC) on Monday, May 29, 2017.
His death led to violent clashes in the area as cars were burnt by his supporters. Area Boys in the area took to the street claiming that executives of the association were trying to have them killed.
The suspension order was disclosed at a press briefing on Monday by the Lagos State Commissioner for Transport, Anofiu Elegushi.
Anofiu Elegushi said the ban will affect all the seven branches of the National Union of Road Transport Workers operating in Oshodi area.
The commissioner said while the order lasts, there will be no issuance of tickets or collection of money from commercial vehicles operating in the area.
To enforce the suspension, a team of state officials and security personnel would be mandated to monitor transport operations within the affected branches until peace returns to the area.
On Sunday, the Nigeria Police announced that the arrest of factional leaders of the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) and Road Transport Employers’ Association of Nigeria ( RTEAN ).
A statement by Public Affairs Officer of Lagos State Task Force, Adebayo Taofeek, quoted Chairman, Superintendent of Police Olayinka Egbeyemi, as assuring Lagosians of the safety of lives and property.
Governor Akinwunmi Ambode had recently issued a directive for the temporary suspension of the Vehicle Inspection Officers (VIOs) from the roads in the state.
The VIOs, under the Vehicle Inspection Service, VIS, has left all Lagos roads on the order of the governor till further notice.
VIO allegedly burnt the vehicle of an arrested motorist and this did not go down well with the governor who would not tolerate unruliness in his administration and thus sacked the VIOs from the road.
Reacting to this, the Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Steve Ayorinde, said the governor’s directive was in line with the current administration’s policy of compulsory training and retraining of all public workers.
“The truth is the transport ministry is undergoing restructuring, including the VIO.
“The commissioner of transportation had made some recommendations, which he will present at the State Executive Council meeting and things can move forward from there.
“But we all believed that the VIO activities should be technologically driven,” he said.