By Ola ajayi
UNCERTAINTY and fear reigned supreme in Ibadan yesterday following reports that factions of the National Union of Road Transport Workers Union, NURTW, were planning to clash over change of leadership of the union.
The tension created arose from the announcement by the Adebayo Alao-Akala-led government that it has proscribed the union shortly after governmentâ€™s â€˜unwantedâ€™ Chairman of the union, Alhaji Lateef Akinsola was confirmed by the National Industrial Court, NIC, in Abuja last week.
While speaking with newsmen yesterday, the reinstated chairman, Akinsola said the purported ban of the union by Governor Alao-Akala was tantamount to invitation of anarchy and undue interference in union matter which was not in the confines of his (Akala) power.
The tense atmosphere prevented some officials of NURTW who collect dues from their members to vacate the major streets in the metropolis.
According to Akinsola, a.k.a Tokyo, the purported proscription â€œhas finally confirmed my allegations that he has always been behind the problems of the union because of his second term ambition in 2011.
â€œWe hereby draw the attention of President Goodluck Jonathan and the Inspector-General of Police, Mr. Ogbonna Onovo, to this unconstitutional action of Governor Adebayo Alao-Akala. He will be inviting anarchy should he insist on canceling the courtâ€™s judgment,â€ Tokyo said.
According to him, â€œwe must not end this address without touching on the negative reaction of the state governor. It was announced on Saturday that he banned the NURTW. We would like to remind the governor that labour matters and trade unions were within the precincts of the Federal Government and not state.”