12th September, 2011
Former Chairman of the Lagos chapter of the National Union of Road Transport Workers, NURTW, Akanni Olohunwa, said that the BRT scheme thrived under his leadership.
Olohunwa, who was reacting to allegations of non-performance and intention to perpetuate himself in office, told P.M. News that the fleet of buses under the BRT scheme increased from 100 to 220 during his three-year stint as chairman.
He debunked allegations that he was colluding with some government officials to covet the BRT franchise by selling it to a company in which he is a director.
â€œThe BRT scheme is a tripartite partnership among the Lagos State Government, NURTW and the lending bank. Government has provided a ground for the negotiation and sustenance of the scheme and the NURTW as a responsible organisation has kept its side of the bargain by continued repayment of the scheduled loans. So how can I pull off such a deal? Itâ€™s all lies and plot to tarnish my image,â€ he remarked.
On allegation of imposition and perpetuation in office levelled against him by NURTW Eldersâ€™ Council, Olohunwa clarified: â€œThe major problem confronting the union is godfatherism and interference from people who do not mean well for the union. There is nothing like Elders Council in the NURTWâ€™s constitution. They are just a group of disgruntled people who have formed a clique with intention to breed bad eggs and fan the embers of chaos and violence in the state.â€
He charged the state government to intensify its proactive measure to tackle the security situation in the state and assured of the NURTWâ€™s support to make Lagos crime and violence free.
Olohunwa added that his leadership has sensitised its members to be law-abiding and ensure that the motor parks are rid of criminal elements who hide under the banner of the union to commit crimes. â€œI do not have a criminal record and have not been convicted by any court, and it is on that premise that I advise union members to shun criminality and violence because a leader must lead by example,â€ he said.
â€”Folarin Ademosu & Kashimana Beba