By Victor Ahiuma-Young
NATIONAL Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW), yesterday in Lagos said it had taken the Minister of Labour and Productivity, Prince Adetokunbo Kayode (SAN), to the National Industrial Court (NIC) over planned to impose an administrator on the Lagos council of the union.
President of NURTW, Comrade Gidado Hamma, told newsmen that the NIC had directed both parties to maintain the status quo, thereby stopping the administrator, one Johnson Ogunyemi, from resuming.
The Minister had in a letter to Mr Ogunyemi dated August 28, 2009, asked him to take over the running of Lagos council of NURTW and conduct election before September 30, accusing the leadership of the union of using a care taker committee to run the affairs of the union since 2006.
Dismissing the Minister argument, Comrade Hamman accused the Minster of illegal interference and threatened that members would embark on indefinite strike across the country should the Minister continue to meddle into the affairs of the union.
He faulted the Minister position that a care taker committee had been running the Lagos Council since 2006, saying it was court that stopped the union from conducting the election and the cases were disposed off just few weeks ago.
According to him, â€œthe national headquaters of the union has gone to court because it is the headquaters that oversees the affairs of all state councils in Nigeria, and we have not receive any complaint from over 80 branches of the union in Lagos State. We were surprised when some people who call themselves elders of NURTW, which we donâ€™t have in the constitution of any trade union, mis-informed the Minister of Labour and Productivity about the activities of the union where none of them is attached to any units of the union in the state.â€