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Tension in the Ogun parking lots as the commissioner approves a new union

There is tension rising among the transport union members in the Ogun car parks after another union was approved by the Ogun State Transport Commissioner, Gbenga Dayro.

In a letter dated December 15, 2022, the ministry approved Ogun State Operations Management Services (OSOMS) as one of the transport unions operating in its parks.

The letter, which was made available to the DAILY POST, states that OSOMS, led by its president, Mustafa Esmahi Adewal (aka Yaro), will join existing unions, associations and organizations in managing park operations and activities in the state.

The letter is signed by the Director of Public Transportation and Passenger Services Eng. The Shokunbi OBA, on behalf of the Commissioner, read in part: “In addition to the above approval, I am also pleased to inform you that your proposal to provide revenue collection services on behalf of the state in the Ogun East Senatorial District, with the approval of existing field plans, protocols and operational processes has the endorsement of the Department of Transportation and that The Ministry’s approval has been communicated to Ogun State Inland Revenue Services (OGIRS) accordingly.

“Please contact OGIRS with a view to commencing services in the Ogun East Senatorial District on December 26, 2022 and at subsequent alternate week periods consistent with OGIRS processes and procedures and in line with applicable assignment arrangements with RTEAN.”

With approval, the new haulage syndicate will begin operations from December 26, issuing tickets to haulers and collecting revenue on behalf of the government.

However, members of existing transport unions such as the Road Transport Employers Association of Nigeria (RTEAN) and members of Ogun State Parks Management (OGSPAM) are unhappy with the new union.

Our reporter has gathered that members of the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) are still grieving the suspension of their operations in Ogun by the state government. The creation of OSOMS to them looks like they may never return to Ogun under the current administration.

Some union leaders, who spoke to our reporter, feared that their jobs would be in danger, while they also did not rule out the possibility of clashes between their children and the new union members.

PDP warns of impending chaos in the Ogun car parks

Meanwhile, the Ogun state branch of the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) has warned the Ministry of Transport that the law may be broken in Ogun parking lots due to the new federation.

In a statement issued by Ogun PDP spokesperson Akinlewe Bankol, the party acknowledged that the transport sector has enjoyed a registered lease of peace and tranquility since the establishment of the Dabo Abiodun-led administration in 2019, expressing concerns that the government is now seeking. To deliberately create an undue struggle for leadership between operators in this sector.

“To every right-thinking resident and citizen of good conscience, the establishment and declaration of outlandish OSOMS by the Department of Transportation is not only distasteful, but clearly unnecessary.

“Once again, we have the courage to encourage all security agencies, especially the Nigerian Police, Ministry of State Service, DSS and of course, law-abiding members of the public to hold the Commissioner accountable should any violent breach of law and order occur in our gardens and garages as a result of this foolish development in the transport sector.

“Ogun State does not deserve another avoidable loss of life and property,” Bankul said.

Tension in the Ogun parking lots as the commissioner approves a new union

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