6th December, 2011
The National Union of Road Transport Workers, NURTW, Surulere/Lawanson Unit phase 1 and 2, Lagos, southwest Nigeria, has protested the non-payment of their allowance since May last year.
The protesters who stormed the Abule-Egba office of the union with placards, accused the out-gone state chairman of the union, Alhaji Rafiu Olohunwa, of chasing them out of business.
According to the assistant secretary of the unit, Fatai Bello, â€œHe is owing us nine months allowance. We have written series of letters to the state chapter of the union on this development and it promised to look into the matter.
â€œBut till now, they have not done anything on the issue and this prompted the protest here today. We even brought a save our soul, SOS, letter here last May. We learnt they are in a meeting now. So, we will wait for them to finish and attend to us.â€
Another member of the union, Ebenezer Oshin said: â€œWe donâ€™t want the situation to degenerate to what happened in Oyo State. It is not as if we donâ€™t know what to do but we haveÂ decided to be patient. We are appealing to them not to push us to the wall.
â€œOur children are out of school and we also find it difficult to feed our families. They should please hear our cry now before the issue gets out of hand,â€ he said.