By Olasunkanmi Akoni
Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has ordered the immediate suspension of all activities of Road Transport Employers Association of Nigeria, RTEAN, in the state.
The Special Adviser to the Governor on Transportation, Sola Giwa, who announced this on Thursday, said the suspension has become imperative following some pockets of violence recorded in Ojo and Lagos Island on Wednesday, saying a 35- Man Caretaker Committee has been constituted to take over activities of the union henceforth.
“In a bid to fulfill one of the cardinal objectives of the T.H.E.M.E.S developmental agenda of the present administration in Lagos State as it relates to Security and Good Governance, under Traffic Management and Transportation, the Lagos State Government has suspended all activities of RTEAN with immediate effect, “ Giwa stated.
Recall that three members of a rival group belonging to RTEAN, were feared dead while several others sustained injuries during a clash at Iyana-Iba, Ojo Local Government Area of Lagos State on Wednesday.
A similar clash had occurred in Surulere area between transport unions.
It was gathered that the clashes were due to tussle for the control and right for the sale of tickets and collection of tolls from commercial buses.