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Sanwo-Olu Threatens To Proscribe NURTW, Other Transport Unions




Tobi Adebayo 

Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has threatened to scrap the the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) and Road Transport Employers Association of Nigeria (RTEAN), if they failed to apply decorum in their conduct.

Sanwo-Olu issued the warning during an interview on a television programme, where he listed achievements recorded by his administration in the last 200 days.

“The NURTW is a national body of the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC). It is a registered trade union,” he said.

“Like other unions, they are under the supervision of the state government. We regulate and supervise them. They would be proscribed if they don’t conduct themselves well,” the governor warned.

Speaking on insecurity during Yuletide, he said, “At a period like this – going to the end of the year, criminal activities are usually on the increase because people want to do things to make quick money. We are working on salvaging the situation. We have a new Commissioner of Police who has hit the ground running from the first day he came in.

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“You heard of the unfortunate incident of an expatriate that was stabbed to death by domestic staff recently. I was up till 2 am last Friday because we were tracking the suspects. The Commissioner of Police led the team and we were able to apprehend the two suspects.

“Policing and security come in two ways. It comes with intelligence. What kind of information do you have prior to or after the event. You really don’t know who has a criminal tendency by mere looking at their faces. We must have more men out there on the streets and we must have the ability to be able to respond when there is a distress call.

“That’s why we keep increasing the number of vehicles we provide for them. We keep supporting them with a lot of communication gadgets. We keep saying to them that whatever they need to be able to respond when the distress comes, which is often sudden, we’ll give to them. When we do the analysis, it will be an issue of how well we are able to track and get the perpetrators of these acts,” he added.

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