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Maintain Peace, Order In Ogun, Govt Warns Transport Unions

Posted: Jul 4, 2015 at 12:00 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Laide Raheem  Abeokuta

Ogun state government has called on the leadership of major transport unions operating the state to always maintain peace and order currently being witnessed across the State. 

It also warned that it would not mind wielding the “big stick” on erring unions that flout the directive.

This was contained in letter signed by the General Manager, State Parks and Garages Development Board (PAGADEB), Ola-ayo Ogunsolu, on the recent breach of peace allegedly caused by some motorcycle owners and riders in the State.

Ogunsolu explained that the step by PAGADEB became necessary to forestall emergence of some un-accredited groups in the motorcycle sub-sector that have been on the increase saying “this has degenerated into misunderstanding and clashes between the accredited and non accredited motorcycle groups”.

“Let me state clearly that the government cannot afford to toil with the existing peace being enjoyed presently in the transport sector in the state. Hence, government would not turn its face away from what could be the resultant effect of any illegal emergence of any union”, he added.

He noted that there is an extant law promulgated by the State House of Assembly which stipulates that any person interested in commercial transport business, should approach the appropriate government agency for necessary accreditation warning “it would be out of order for anyone to work against the government’s law.

“It is imperative for anybody interested in motorcycle business operations in the State to obey the laid down law; the only two recognized motorcycle operating unions presently in the state remain the Amalgamated Commercial Motorcycle Owners and Riders Association of Nigeria (ACCOMORAN) and Articulate Motorcycle Owners and Riders Association of Nigeria (AMORAN).

And these unions have been scheduled to operate on ‘one week work on and one week off’ basis.” Ogunsolu submitted.