1st November, 2014
Ogun State Government has suspended the activities of the Road Transport Employers Association of Nigeria (RTEAN) in the state pending the resolution of disputes between factions of the state chapter.
According to a press statement signed by the Secretary to the State Government, SSG, Barr. Taiwo Adeoluwa, on Friday, copy which was made available to our correspondent in Abeokuta, the state government declared that the suspension takes immediate effect and that the union must also resolve issues with the leadership of the National Executive of the union.
The government disclosed that the action was taken to forestall breakdown of law and order and to protect, preserve and sustain the peace and harmony that had reigned in the transport union and motor parks and garages sector since June 2011.
It also said the action was in line with the powers conferred on the state government by the Parks and Garages Development Law of the state, adding that, “the security reports at its disposal pointed to an imminent showdown between the two factions.”
The state government also alleged the National leadership of the union of not being helpful and cooperative in the efforts of the government to sustain peace enjoyed in motor parks and garages across the state.
The state government notes that as a fall out of the intra union dispute, the National Executive unilaterally dissolved the State Chapter under the leadership of Alhaji Mugisu Akinpelu and installed a 17 member Caretaker Committee headed by Alhaji Yinka Osikoya, a former State Secretary of the Union.
According to the statement, the sacked leadership has alleged that they are being punished by the Chief Musa Isiwele Shehu led National Executive on account of its refusal to join partisan politics.
It was further alleged that the state chapters was being forced to align and promote the Good Governance Vanguard, (GGV), a pet project of the National leadership of the RTEAN with the motto: “Encouraging and Supporting Jonathan 2015” in Ogun state.
“While government would ordinarily not concern itself with internal affairs and disputes of any trade union, it will be reckless and irresponsible to ignore a sector as volatile as the RTEAN and allied road unions.
“Residents of Ogun state will not forget in a hurry the violence, avoidable deaths and destruction of property that trailed the inter road union disputes prior to June 2011. We will therefore not fold our arms and allow a return to anarchy.
“Government is particularly disturbed about the allegations that the current RTEAN dispute arose on account of partisan politics and the desperation of the RTEAN National Executive to coerce all State chapters to work for a preferred political party and candidates in the forthcoming elections.
“As a neutral arbiter, as soon as the dispute broke out, Government got across to the National leadership of RTEAN and encouraged them to nip the crisis in the bud and helped to mediate between the factions.
“Government notes that Chief Musa Isiwele Shehu, rather than join its genuine aspiration to reconcile the feuding parties, casually foreclosed reconciliation in the State Chapter,” Adeoluwa stated.
The government however warned the Caretaker Committee to stay clear of the state, warning that it will not hesitate to bring the full weight of the law against any person who contravenes the state government directive.
It submitted that the extant provisions of the Ogun State Parks and
Garages Board Law, 2006 as amended empowers the State government to
take such action.
It however disclosed that the security agencies in the State have been
duly notified and put on alert to give full effect to the suspension