Lagos ban on RTEAN, NURTW: NLC, TUC protest at Govt House

Leaders of the Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC, and Trade Union Congress of Nigeria, TUC, yesterday, stormed the Lagos State Government House, in Alausa, protesting the continued ban on the activities of the Road Transport Employers Association of Nigeria, RTEAN, and the National Union of Road Transport Workers, NURTW.

Speaking to newsmen, Nuhu Toro, the General Secretary of TUC in company with some labour leaders, said that it was wrong for the government to ban RTEAN and the NURTW in the state.

According to him, “We find this ridiculous, and it is important to put the record straight that the subsisting court judgement says the LASG must respect the rights of the unions. “This is a constitutional right that must be respected.

According to him, “We are here to submit our letter of demands to Governor Sanwo olu and the Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly.

“We want to assume that the Lagos State Governor is a gentleman. This is the first phase and we expect him to call the organised labour for a meeting within a week. The two transport unions should be allowed to operate freely in Lagos, he said.

The spokesperson of TUC said that disobedience of court orders and abridgement of fundamental human rights as regards the RTEAN, and the NURTW would not be allowed.

He said that the union was in the Exclusive legislative list and that it should be treated as such.

Receiving the letter on behalf of Governor Sanwoolu, Olasunkanmi Ojo from the Ministry of Transportation assured the organised labour and members of the transport unions that the Governor would look into their demands.

He urged them to be calm, adding that the issue would be amicably resolved.

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