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RTEAN condemns ban on operations of Northern passenger vehicles in Lagos

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RTEAN condemns ban on operations of Northern passenger vehicles in Lagos

Road Transport Employers Association of Nigeria (RTEAN) has called on the Lagos State Government to reverse its decision of not allowing Northern passenger vehicles into Lagos State.

This was disclosed in a press statement signed by the National Secretary-General of RTEAN, Comrade Yusuf Ibrahim Adeniyi.

Adeniyi said the Northern state branch of RTEAN, including Kwara State, has informed the association that the directive came from the Deputy State Chairman of Park and Garages constituted by the Lagos State Government, Seyi Bamigbose (A.K.A Student), after the operation of RTEAN was suspended in Lagos State.

“This matter has been taken to the National Industrial Court (NIC), where the court ordered the parties involved to maintain a status quo for the sake of peace, but it seems the Lagos State Government has refused to make the Park and Garages committee abide by the order.

“By refusing to abide by the order, RTEAN believes the action of the Lagos State Government is tantamount to contempt of the court.

“The recent action of stopping the operation of passenger vehicles coming from the Northern parts of the
country by the state government through the Park and
Garages can cause a breach of public peace.

“To this end, the association is calling on the Lagos State
Government to immediately reverse its decision of not allowing Northern passenger vehicles to get into Lagos State in order to allow freedom of movement
of all citizens as guaranteed by section 41 of the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria,” he said.

Adeniyi said the Road Transport Employers’ Association of Nigeria is a registered trade union under the law as enshrined in section 5 sub 7 of the Trade Union amendment
Act, Cap T14 Laws of the Federation, which empowers to
operate anywhere in the country as a trade union including
Lagos.

“RTEAN is a peace-loving organisation that carries out its
operations within the ambit of the law and would continue to do so if given the chance,” the Secretary-General assured.

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