Members of Lagos State chapter of National Union of
Road Transport Workers (NURTW) have raised concerns
over how the union’s state chairman, Musiliu Akinsanya,
popularly called Mc Oluomo, has been openly running a
parallel unbranded body against NURWT, banning sales of
the union’s ticket across the state and declaring himself
as boss of a personified new union, founded by him.
Aside from stopping sales of the union’s ticket, they
claimed that Akinsanya also instigated his loyalists, who
were members of the Lagos chapter of the NURTW, to
denounce the union under the pretext that they were no
longer interested in the body and would prefer to
associate with Mc Oluomo’s founded union.
They alleged that the chairman banned the NURTW
members under his leadership from buying tickets from
the union on the 1st of March, 2022, and forced branch
chairmen to sign an undertaking declaring their support for
him and whatever decision he made, they should abide by
it as against the national body.
As gathered, he has decided to run a parallel union with
the national body and begun to engage in some actions
that could ensure that the Lagos State Government grants
him the permission to achieve his motive.
Some of the affected branches’ chairmen who claimed to
have signed the undertaking on duress, lamented that
someone needs to stop Mc Oluomo from always using
innocent members against the union national leadership
and members as well as people that he feels could be a
threat to his reign in the state.
MC Oluomo’s actions, the members claimed, have started
affecting the agenda of the Lagos State Government to
generate revenue internally and allocate it for the provision
of infrastructures across the state, as his actions to print
tickets could affect the share that was expected to be
sent to the government.
According to the members, they now collect the revenue
from commercial transport operators and remit to the
state chairman directly as against the previous standards
that part of the revenue made from tickets sales go to the
government, its national body, and the Lagos chapter.
Speaking on newsmen on the sudden developments that
had brought the state chapter against the government, the
Ikeja branch chairman, Kunle Anifowoshe, on Sunday, said
that the directives from MC Oluomo came as a surprise to
them and that they do not understand his motive behind
the sudden actions.
Anifowoshe disclosed that the directives were announced
during an emergency meeting that was conveyed by the
chairman at the state secretariat in Agege, where they
were made to sign an undertaking to be loyal and abide by
MC Oluomo’s dictates.
The Ikeja Branch chairman, who declined to sign the
documents and pledged his loyalty to the national body
under the leadership of President, Tajudeen Baruwa,
stressed that he could not have gone against the union’s
rules and regulations, saying I had to back out from it.
Another branch chairman that signed the document at the
chairman’s office before his decoration as an ambassador
of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA),
disclosed that they have been directed by MC Oluomo to
embark on statewide demonstrations and disrupt activities
He noted that the demonstration was expected to
commence on Sunday to attract the Lagos State Governor,
Babajide Sanwo-Olu, attention and get him on his side in
the battle as well as ensure the union in the state operate
independently from the national body that was stipulated
to oversee affairs in Lagos.
Corroborating his claim, another branch chairman from
Lagos East Senatorial district revealed that he could not
have declined to sign the documents considering the
atmosphere at the secretariat and how MC Oluomo had
threatened them that should they refuse to join his camp.
The branch chairman, who spoke under the condition of
anonymity, lamented that they were threatened by the
chairman that they could lose their position and that he
does not want to become an ex-chairman, adding this is
the reason I signed it.
According to him, some members had lost their seats
after MC Oluomo was sworn in as the chairman and many
were yet to regain their position in the Union after their
Efforts to get the union’s chairman to respond have
proved abortive, as calls made to him and some of the
state executive members were answered and not returned