There is tension brewing among transport union members in Ogun motor parks following the approval of another union by the Ogun State Commissioner for Transportation, Gbenga Dairo.
The Ministry had in a letter dated 15th December, 2022, approved the Ogun State Operations Management Services (OSOMS) as one of the transport unions operating in its parks.
The letter, made available to Newsmen, indicates that OSOMS, led by its Chairman, Mustapha Ismahi Adewale (aka Yaro), is to join the subsisting unions, associations and organizations in the conduct of park operations and activities in the State.
The letter signed by the Director of Public Transport and Commuter Services, Engr. Shokunbi O.B.A., on behalf of the Commissioner, read partly: “Further to the above approval, I am also delighted to inform you that your proposal to offer revenue collection services on behalf of the state in the Ogun East Senatorial District, adopting the existing field operational plans, protocols and processes, has the endorsement of the Ministry of Transportation and that the Ministry’s consent has been communicated to the Ogun State Inland Revenue Services (OGIRS) accordingly.
“Please contact OGIRS with the view to the commencement of services in Ogun East Senatorial district on 26th December 2022 and on subsequent alternate week slots compliant with OGIRS processes and procedures and in line with the established allocation arrangements with RTEAN.”
With the approval, the new transport union will from December 26, commence operations, issuing tickets to transporters and collecting revenue on behalf of the government.
However, members of existing transport unions like the Road Transport Employers Association of Nigeria (RTEAN) and those of the Ogun State Parks Management (OGSPAM) are not pleased with the new union.
Our correspondent gathered that members of the National Union of Road Transport Workers ( NURTW) are still aggrieved that their operations in Ogun were suspended by the State government. The creation of OSOMS appears to them like they may never return to Ogun under the present administration.
Some of the union leaders, who spoke to our correspondent, feared that their job may be in danger, while also not ruling out the possibility of clashes between their boys and the new union members.