Another bloody clash similar to the one recorded about three weeks ago at Iwo Road interchange, Ibadan is brewing between members of the National Union of Road Transport Workers, NURTW, and Road Transport Employers Association of Nigeria, RTEAN, in Ibadan metropolis.
The two rival associations engaged in gun duels at Iwo Road over collection of fees and control of motor parks in the city which led to injuries on both sides.
Though, the State Commissioner of Police, Mr. Leye Oyebade has waded into the crisis, members of RTEAN now live in palpable fear as they alleged that their rival union, NURTW members have displaced them from their motor parks in the 11 councils in the state.
In a petition to the Commissioner of Police, CP signed by RTEAN Chairman in Ona Ara Local Government, Mr Nureni Idris, said his members now walk in groups for fear of being attacked by NURTW members alleging that a chairman of the drivers’ union in the local government is threatening his members on a daily basis. But, a member of the NURTW, Akin James absolved his colleagues from the allegations.
Speaking recently on a radio programmed monitored in Ibadan by the Street Journal, NURTW chairman in Oyo State, Taofeek Oyerinde confirmed the row between his organisation and the Road Transport Employers, stressing that his group should not be blamed for the skirmishes that ensued between the two associations. He said NURTW was the authentic owners of the motor parks across the state, while the RTEAN were mere usurpers. He said the motor parks built by the state government were entrusted with the NURTW to manage and use for the benefit of the public.
Fele said the other group had no business at the motor parks as they were employers of labour who should be at home for deliveries from the NURTW members. He said his members would not hesitate to defend what rightly belongs to them.