Ondo State Governor, Rotimi Akeredolu, has banned the activities of the National Union of Road Transport Workers, and the Road Transport Employers’ Association of Nigeria, following the leadership crisis of the two unions.
It was gathered that the order was not unconnected with the leadership crisis of the two unions and the recent increase in the transport fares across the state.
The Senior Special Assistant to the governor on Special Duties and Strategy, Doyin Odebowale, announced this Monday in Akure, the state capital.
Odebowale said the order was with immediate effect.
The governor’s aide directed the leadership of both the NURTW and the RTEAN to vacate motor parks across the 18 local government areas of the state and to stop collecting money from taxi drivers and other motorists.
He also directed all the taxi drivers to revert to the old fare of N50 per drop. He ordered that the new ticket should be purchased directly from the government.
“Every attempt to make life difficult for the people would be restricted and the security agencies have been notified to effect timely arrest and prosecution of the defaulters,” Odebowale declared.
Attempts to reach the chairman of the state NURTW, Jacob Adebo, on the telephone was not successful as his telephone line was switched off as of the time of filing this report.