The National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW), has pledged to reconcile aggrieved members of the union in Lagos as part of ongoing nationwide sensitization.
National President of the union, Tajudeen Baruwa, who spoke to newsmen in Lagos, said the move was to ensure that the union speaks with one voice and key into the development plans of Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu’s transportation development plan for Lagos State.
Baruwa said that the union would be working effectively to ensure that all aggrieved members within Lagos sheath their swords and work together for the development of NURTW and the commercial capital of the country.
To ensure a united NURTW in Lagos, he noted that the transport union headquarters has concluded plans to bring all aggrieved members including those that were shown the exit doors for contravening the union’s rules back into the fold to create a one big family in the state.
He explained that rather than ask those already occupying the seat previously held by aggrieved members to vacate, the entire process would be adjusted to accommodate them to return to that level where they were before being asked to leave.
According to him, Lagos remains one of the union’s major chapter with very large membership and NURTW under his leadership will ensure that the state transport union members become more united than ever before.
He said: “I believe that whenever anyone is punished, after some time, he should be forgiven and asked to return. So that is part of what we are coming to do in the state.
“Truly, the position of those aggrieved members might have been filled, but we will address the issue to ensure that everyone returns and can feel they have returned to their brothers’ fold as well as work like one family.”
“The constitution of the union stipulates that members must work with the government to ensure peaceful coexistence.”
Baruwa noted that the belief of the NURTW national headquarters is that when all lingering issues between members are resolved and they become united, the government and the people, who are major customers of the union, would be willing to do business with the transport union.
He stated that aside from Lagos, the national leadership has been visiting other states across the federation to sensitize members on the importance of unity among them, saying when there is disunity among members, crisis could arise and further snowball into breakdown of law and order.