MC Oluomo Reacts To Query From NURTW National Leaders
The Chairman of the Lagos State chapter of the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW), Musiliu Akinsanya aka MC Oluomo has denied allegations levelled against him in a query issued to him by the national body of the union.
Naija News has reported that Akinsanya was queried for allegedly refusing to carry out some of the directives from the union’s national leadership.
In a query signed by the General Secretary of the union, Alhaji Kabiru Ado Yau, the national body claimed that Oluomo refused to appoint Alhaji Azeez Abiola as chairman, Lagos State Tricycle Owners and Operators Association of Nigeria ( (TOOAN) as directed by the union’s national President, Alhaji Tajudeen Baruwa.
It claimed that Oluomo refused to hand over the former NURTW Secretariat situated at Abule Egba to the tricycle caretaker committee in a bid to prevent them from using the office.
The national NURTW also accused Oluomo of using thugs to intimidate other local branches and persons within the union.
Reacting to the query, MC Oluomo stated thay the allegations levelled against him were false and baseless, saying that he is a promoter of peace.
The popular NURTW stalwart said he has not disobeyed any of the laws guiding the union’s operations in his dealings with other affiliate unions as claimed in the query.
He said that Abiola was not appointed as chairman, Lagos State Tricycle Operators but as one of the State Trustees and Chairman, Zone ‘C’ of TOOAN on February 9, 2022.
He said: “Alhaji Azeez Abiola was announced on February 9 in Abuja as one of the State Trustees and Chairman, Zone ‘C’ Tricycle Owners and Operators Association of Nigeria (TOOAN) of NURTW and not overall chairman of TOOAN in the state.
“But unfortunately, before we got back to Lagos, Abiola has been parading himself on social media as the new state chairman of TOOAN and posting a letter of the appointment I was not aware of.
“This is in spite of the fact that the legality of TOOAN is an issue at the National Industrial Court and the Lagos State Council is presently funding the defence in an effort to protect the corporate image of the union.”
Akinsanya said the decision to rearrange the tricycle segment of the union’s operations was legal and reached by the entire state executive.
He added that the rearrangement was done with the knowledge and approval of the national president.
He said: “The initial plan was a 3 zone arrangement, but we accommodated the wishes of the President for a 5-zone arrangement and his nomination of two Zonal Chairmen.
“The action is neither illegal nor unconstitutional as it is within our constitutional rights as the elected leaders of the State Council and it was done with the concurrence of the National President. It was never to create rivalry and/or disharmony, and until now, the peace that we have in Lagos State was never experienced by previous administrations.”
On the allegation of using thugs to forcefully take over branches of his perceived enemies, Akinsanya said nothing of such ever happened under his leadership.
He said he would not do anything to tarnish the image of the union nor allow the union members to be branded as thugs and disturbers of the public peace in Lagos.
Akinsanya also denied claims of intimidation or assault on Abiola or any of his supporters.
“One of the major achievements of this present executive under my leadership in Lagos State is the promotion of peace and prevention of forceful takeover of branches. If any of the Zonal Chairmen to whom the branches belong, however, bring the issue to our attention, the same shall be investigated openly and the cause/reason determined,” he said.