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NURTW Protests Exorbitant Collection In Ibadan

Posted: Jun 29, 2015 at 12:00 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Oladele Ogunsola Ibadan

There was paralysis in some areas of Ibadan, the Oyo State capital Friday owing to the protest by some aggrieved members of the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) over alleged exorbitant fees collection by their leaders as union dues.

Following the violent protest commercial banks in the affected areas like Mokola, Sango, UI, Ojoo among others hurriedly shut their gates to prevent invasion of hoodlums who might capitalise on the protest.

To legitimise the additional fees collection which was termed ‘extortion’ by the aggrieved members, it was alleged that new ‘bus stops’ were being created along the routes.

The protest which started from Sango-Ojoo road later spread to other parts of the city and this compelled several commuters including some workers both private and public to resort into trekking long distance to their places of work.

During the protest, several commercial vehicles were vandalised and it was gathered that the drivers had long been complaining about excesses of their leaders who stand almost at every bus stop to collect outrageous fees.

At the University of Ibadan axis, windscreens of vehicles of some of their colleagues in the union who did not heed their calls to withdraw their services were broken and the occupants except passengers were severely beaten.  All those that the drivers saw as dissidents among them were forced to drop their passengers and this also caused some stampede in some parts especially at the Veterinary Hospital, Mokola where there was a minor accident.

The development also caused motorists a lot of hassles as they had hectic time manoeuvring their way out of traffic gridlock caused by the protesters.