By Mike Adeyemi
The Kwara State chapter of National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) has said fractions in the union have become a thing of the past.
Speaking on this development, the Chairman of Kwara State NURTW, Alhaji Abdulrasaq Ariwoola stated this while fielding questions from our reporter in his office on Friday.
According to him, “the era of union crisis and faction is over in Kwara State, hence the relative peace being enjoyed among transporters in the state.
“We have put behind us the period of incessant rancour and crisis among members. We were able to settle during the last administration in the state.
“There is no more crisis and factions as it was in the past. Kwara NURTW is now one family bounded in mutual love. We were able to sensitize our members on the need for peace and its benefit, which we do by organising seminars and lecturers,” he explained.
Ariwoola noted that there has been lull in transport business activities in the state since the emergence of the novel corona virus and banditry Nigeria.
“We are still suffering from the huge effect of COVID -19 which has affected our business. Another big challenge is the activities of bandits and kidnappers on the road we thank God none of our members in Kwara has been kidnapped,” Ariwoola added.
The NURTW boss, however, appealed to Kwara State Government to assist members.
“Things are tough for those of us in this business at this time. We want to appeal to the Kwara State Government to make available vehicles to Kwara NURTW and we promise to pay back. That was how it was done in the past and we haven’t defaulted.
“We equally thank the Governor of Kwara State, AbdulRazaq AbdulRahman for the rehabilitation of roads across the state. The government also assisted during the lockdown period. Kwara NURTW was given enough palliative to cushion the effect of the period,” Ariwoola further said.
By Mike Adeyemi