In a significant turnaround, the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) has officially lifted the suspension order that had been imposed on Alhaji Musiliu Akinsanya, popularly known as MC Oluomo, alongside other union leaders. This decision was announced by the recently inaugurated National President of the union, Alhaji Tajudeen Agbede, during his inaugural address held in Abuja.
The suspension had been put in place by the former NURTW president, Alhaji Tajudeen Ibikunle Baruwa, and was a source of controversy and internal strife. Alhaji Agbede highlighted that one of the primary issues stemming from the previous administration was the arbitrary suspension and expulsion of members whom Baruwa perceived as his adversaries. This approach, Agbede noted, had severely damaged the union’s unity and functionality, particularly in the southwestern region.
Agbede, on behalf of his executive members, union leaders, and members across the nation, unequivocally lifted the illicit suspension that had been imposed on the respected members. The case of Alhaji Musiliu Akinsanya, the chairman of NURTW in Lagos state, was highlighted as a particularly concerning instance of unfair treatment and abuse of power by Baruwa. Agbede extended an open invitation to Akinsanya to return to the fold of the NURTW, emphasizing the union’s familial bond and shared purpose.
The newly inaugurated NURTW president also unveiled his intention to bring the State councils, currently overseen by state-owned Park and Garages Committees, back under the umbrella of NURTW. Agbede expressed his resolve to engage with the governors of the southwestern states, including Oyo, Ogun, Osun, Lagos, Ondo, and Ekiti, to foster collaboration and restore the union’s vigor in the region.
Agbede affirmed his commitment to working closely with the federal government to maximize the benefits of government initiatives for the people. Drawing on his past collaborations with Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, Agbede pointed to successful endeavors such as the BRT program and LAMATA projects in Lagos. He pledged to replicate these accomplishments at the national level, signaling a new era for the NURTW under his leadership.