DISBAND NURTW IN LAGOS STATE NOW
—Lagos Prominent Indigenes Group Urges Gov SanwoOlu.
The Lagos State Prominent Indigenes Group has urged Governor Babajide SanwoOlu to immediately disband all activities of the Nigerian Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) in Lagos State.
The NURTW it noted, is fast becoming a menace to the entire people of the state and moving towards becoming another Boko Haram in the country.
This view was expressed in a strongly-worded Press statement in Lagos yesterday, and signed by it’s spokesman, Chief Adesunbo Onitiri, socio-political activist and critic.
The group pointed out that a frontline state that prides itself a megacity in the country, former federal capital and presently a commercial capital of Nigeria, cannot be seen entertaining and promoting our youths into thuggery.
“Very recently in the state, Lagos Island precisely Obalende, was shut down by warring factions of the Union for over two days and the state did nothing to prosecute those responsible for this show of shame.
The union has now become another government in the state, collecting money at every sport and harassing comercial motor drivers as well as innocent citizens.
“We are fast building monsters that cannot be tamed. Their activities can no longer be tolerated in a mega city like Lagos”, the prominent Lagos Indigenes warned.
According to the group, the people of the state can no longer tolerate a situation where our youths freely use guns and matches on the streets. The taxes being collected by the Unions on our roads are used to purchase drugs and weapons.
“These taxes ordinarily should have gone to our local governments to build more roads, provide potable water and electricity for our teeming and restive youths.
“Besides, the taxes can be used to provide education and health facilities for our people.
No wonder governance is far removed from our Lagosians.
“Our people no longer feel the presence of government inspite of the huge and multiple taxes paid.We need to redirect the energy of our Youths to patriotism and nation building”, the group stated.
The group advised that the tolls being wrongly collected by NURTW can be used to provide jobs for our teeming and restive youths.
“Let us copy from the good examples laid down by Oyo and Ondo states that have disbanded their NURTW. NOW that politics is around the corner we cannot afford to arm our youths with uncontrollable weapons and thus build banditry in our dear state.
“NURTW is a few steps to Boko Haram. To be fore warned is to be fore armed.
Chief Sunbo onitiri
“The insecurity in the country has reached alarming situation that something urgent must be done. The rich and the poor can no longer sleep with their two eyes closed.
“Let us empower our youths to more positive direction and not turn them into miscreants and thugs,” the group advised.
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