The Chairman of the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW), Kwara Chapter, Alhaji Aliyu Issa-Ore has called on the State Government to ban the activities of illegal transport unions in the state.
Issa-Ore made the call on Wednesday in Ilorin in his address at the official commissioning of the NURTW North Central Zonal Secretariat.
The state NURTW boss, who is also the State Chairman of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), said there were about six such illegal transport unions operating across the country.
He said three of such unions operating in Kwara were Nigeria Association of Cooperative Transporters (NACT), Association of Okada Riders and Taxi Owners Association.
“I want to make special appeal to Your Excellency to please look into the illegal transport unions operating in Kwara.
“As at today, Your Excellency, we have at least six of them operating in Ilorin that are controlled by politicians in the last administration,” Issa-Ore added.
Issa-Ore expressed his gratitude to the National President of the union, Alhaji Najeem Yasin for bringing NURTW to a level of envy among other unions in the country.
“Alhaji Issa-Ore’s achievements are numerous to mention, among them are; instilling discipline on the members, organising seminars for career and elected officers and sponsoring members to Holy lands of Saudi Arabia and Israel,” he said.
The NURTW chairman also said Yasin facilitated members to attend foreign workshops and seminars at the International Labour Organisation (ILO) headquarters in Geneva, London and USA.
The state Governor, AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq, in his address said the government would strive to strengthen the road networks in the state to enhance transport business.
AbdulRazaq was represented at the occasion by his Deputy, Mr Kayode Alabi.
“As you are no doubt aware, my government since its inception, on two different occasions approved substantial amount of money to fix the potholes on our roads, especially in the metropolis.
“Very soon, construction of some major roads across the state will be awarded,” AbdulRazaq said.
AbdulRazaq added that his government recognise the importance of road transport in the development process of the state.
He therefore promised that his administration would do all that was needed to empower, encourage, and assist the National Union of Road Transport Workers.