The Ondo State Government on Tuesday said the suspension of activities of the National Union of Road Transport Workers and the Road Transport Employers Association of Nigeria would be for two weeks in the first instance.
The government, through the Senior Special Assistant to Governor Rotimi Akeredolu on Special Duties, Dr Doyin Odebowale, on Monday, announced the suspension order following the crisis between the two unions.
The government also asked members of the unions to vacate all motor parks across the 18 local government areas of the state.
Odebowale, who spoke on the development on Tuesday, said the two weeks suspension was to allow both unions to meet and settle their differences to prevent violent clashes between them.
He pointed out that it was greed that was causing the fight as well as money sharing formula between the two transport unions.
According to him, the ticket printed by the Ondo State Internal Revenue Services would be sold to commercial drivers for the sum of N300.
He warned that anybody caught selling any other ticket would be arrested and prosecuted.
He said, “Nobody will be allowed to sell any other ticket under whatever guise in Ondo State. We are releasing our tickets and it is only our tickets that would be sold across the state. We will enforce it. We don’t want to see anybody on the road to be collecting money. We will arrest and jail anybody who tries it. We cannot have two governments in Ondo State.
“The governor has directed that the transports fare be returned to N50. My team will be enforcing the former price regime. We will not allow the citizens to be exploited. Nobody will be permitted to disturb the peace of the state.
“No taxi driver should hide under fuel price increase to hike transport price. We are asking them to revert to what obtains before.”
Meanwhile, Chief Press Secretary to Governor Akeredolu, Mr Richard Olatunde, said the activities of RTEAN and NURTW were suspended as a result of the security reports indicating an imminent clash between the two opposing unions over leadership tussle.
Olatunde, however, cleared the air that the activities of the union were not banned but suspended for security reasons.
He maintained that the leadership of both unions has been directed to vacate the motor parks for peace to reign.