The Governor of Ondo State, Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, has banned the activities of the National Union of Road Transport Workers, (NURTW) and the Road Transport Employers’ Association of Nigeria (RTEAN) from all motor parks in the state.
The Governor also instructed both unions to immediately stop collecting dues and levies from commercial transport drivers in the state.
Akeredolu’s directives were issued on Monday through his Senior Special Assistant on Special Duties and Strategy, Dr Doyin Odebowale.
Odebowale explained that the new directive from the Governor is due to the leadership tussles in the union.
The tickets sold by the transport unions will now be taken over directly by government officials.
Akeredolu also instructed commercial drivers to revert to the old price of N50 per drop.
He added that security operatives have been notified of the new development and have been instructed to deal decisively with defaulters.
Meanwhile, the vice-presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the 2019 general election, Peter Obi, has said that it is very difficult to speak the truth to power in Nigeria.
Obi made this known while speaking on Monday in Abuja at the launch of ‘Made in Aba’, a book written by the Senate Minority Leader, Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe.
The former governor of Anambra state added that Nigerians see being courageous enough to speak truth to power as an offence.
Obi asserted that some Nigerians always criticize him when he speaks in public or grants interviews, adding that his critics hate it when he speaks the truth.