Mrs Abimbola Lanre – Balogun , the Chairman, Sub-Commitee on Transportation for Transition Committee of Ogun governor – elect, Dapo Abiodun, on Tuesday, said the governor – elect had not endorsed anyone as chairman of any transport union in the state.
Lanre – Balogun stated this in Ogere, Ikenne local government area of the state during a peace meeting between the committee and the leadership of all transport unions in the state ahead of the May 29 inauguration ceremony.
She noted that there were constitutions guiding all the transport unions and that they had their terms of existence.
The committee chairman added that the incoming governor would look at every issues concerning the unions holistically and come out with his own decision.
“The governor has not endorsed anybody as chairman of any union , Ogun state is not Banana Republic.
“There is constitution guiding all these unions and they have there terms of existence.
“We have seen the constitution of all the unions and we are going to wait for the governor to look at it holistically and make his own decision ,” she said.
Lanre – Balogun noted that It was important to call the peace meeting between the transport unions and the factions so that they come together and make the inauguration peaceful .
“One of our aim is to make sure there is no blood shed , because we found out that if there is going to be trouble, it starts from the union and that is what we want to nip in the bud before it starts.
“We don’t want fight, we are going to hold you leaders responsible if there is breach of peace.
“That’s why this committee has called the transport unions and we want to tell them that for that day there will be adequate security and the governor -elect will ensure that lives and properties of citizens are well protected,” she said.
In his submission, Alhaji Akeem Adeosun, State Chairman, National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW), commended the governor – elect for setting up the sub committee on transportation ahead of the inauguration.
Adeosun noted that the transport unions in the state were ready to cooperate with the incoming government , saying that he had four months left before expiration of his tenure and it would be peaceful transition.
The leadership of Road Transport Employers Association of Nigeria (RTEAN), Amalgamated Commercial Motorcycles and Riders Association of Nigeria (ACOMORAN) , Amalgamated Motorcycle Riders Association of Nigeria (Amoran) and Tricycle Owners and Riders Association of Nigeria (TORAN) were all present at the meeting.
They all pledged support and cooperation for the incoming government , calling on the committee to continue to ensure mediation between groups in order to avert crisis on the inauguration day.