The Road Transport Employers Association of Nigeria (RTEAN) in Lagos has called on the state government to urgently intervene in the fracas between it and the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW).
The group’s publicity secretary Abdulrahman Amusan made the call in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Thursday following a clash between NURTW and RTEAN members at Obalende Motor Park on Lagos Island.
“We want the Lagos State Government to, as a matter of urgency, intervene in the matter. We are for peace. We have been working in Obalende for many years without any problem.
“We are owners, we are not touts, we love and cherish peace. We want our members to maintain peace and ensure law and order no matter the provocations,” the RTEAN spokesman said.
He claimed that the fight occurred because members of NURTW attempted to dislodge RTEAN members from their area of operations at Obalende.
According to him, RTEAN members resisted the attempt and it resulted in a fight.
“We have been working at Obalende for long. All of a sudden, on Monday, members of the NURTW encroached into the area of operations of RTEAN.
“This morning (Thursday) when they came, they met with resistance from our members there, and that led to the fracas.
“We had been co-existing for so many years,” he said.
However, Lagos State NURTW chairman Musiliu Akinsanya aka MC Oluomo claimed that the fight occurred because members of RTEAN attacked NURTW members in a bid to take over the motor park.