Trade unions’ registrar seeks end to NURTW leadership dispute

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The Registrar of Trade Unions, Amos Falonipe, has urged leaders of the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) to close rank and work on ways to end the leadership dispute in the union.

Falonipe said the federal government, through the Ministry of Labour, was interested in seeing members of the NURTW conduct their affairs peacefully and without rancour given the importance of the transportation sector to the nation’s economy.

He spoke at an emergency meeting of zonal chairmen, secretaries, and treasurers with members of the National Administrative Council of the NURTW, held on Wednesday at the union’s headquarters in Abuja.

Falonipe said the federal government would be very happy to see the crisis resolved on time.

He added: “We are all members of the same family and the two feuding parties should keep hope alive and work for peace.  

“We, at the Ministry of Labour, are like a father to all the unions, we are for the interest of this union (NURTW) and hope that at the end of the day, the union will come out stronger.”

Earlier, the chairman of the Board of Trustees (BOT) of the NURTW, Najeem Usman Yasin cautioned the union’s former president, Tajudeen Ibikunle Baruwa to stop confusing misleading the people about the state affairs of the union

Yasin, who said his intervention was to put the records straight about some misinformation allegedly being peddled by Baruwa and those around him, said the ex-President has been going about misleading the people that he is the authentic leader of the union.

He said since the National Industrial Court has handed off a case filed by Baruwa to await the outcome of the appeal against an earlier judgment by Justice Oyebiola Oyewumi of the Industrial Court, the ex-Chairman should await the outcome of the appeal.

Yasin added: “When he (Baruwa) got a judgment from the National Industrial Court, we quickly appealed against and the court struck out the case for lack of jurisdiction, but to our surprise, Baruwa has been going about sending wrong messages to our people that he is the authentic President.

“I want to tell you today that, as of today, we only have an interim arrangement, headed by Alhaji Aliyu Issa Ore, and that the only recognized headquarters of the union is the one at Sapele Street, Garki Abuja.”

Yasin implored members of the union to disregard any further propaganda from Baruwa, adding: “Baruwa should wait for the outcome of the Court of Appeal before making any noise.

“He destroyed the union and now he wants to use the power of incumbency to manipulate everybody and we say no to his manipulation”

Also speaking, the acting president, Alhaji Aliyu Ore appealed to members not to ignore further misinformation from Baruwa and his allies.

Ore alleged that Baruwa and his supporters were only out to confuse the union.

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