By; BAYO AKAMO, Ibadan
Governor Abiola Ajimobi on Tuesday said the sudden death of the Oyo State Chairman of the National Union of Road and Transport Workers, (NURTW) Alhaji Taofeek Oyerinde, a.k.a., Fele, was very depressing and tragic.
The governor who stated this in a statement by his Special Adviser, Communication and Strategy, Mr. Bolaji Tunji, to condoled with the family of the late NURTW Chairman and the union members in and across Oyo state sued for calm and admonished the NURTW leadership in the state to eschew violence or leadership tussle at this time when he said they should maintain sobriety in honour of the deceased.
In the statement, Governor Ajimobi disclosed that he received the news with heavy heart and utter disbelief.
Describing the death of the NURTW boss as a huge loss to the family the state and the Southwest.
Governor Ajimobi said he was particularly pained because he had lost a dependable ally and purveyor of peace, saying he was proud of Oyerinde’s emergence as the Southwest Chairman of the NURTW, which was in recognition of his sterling leadership ability and propagation of peace and orderliness among the drivers.
“I am greatly saddened by the passing away of Fele. It is very unfortunate and disheartening, especially because he has over time proved to be a dependable ally in our administration’s quest to restore peace to the land.” he said.
The governor added, “that the motor parks across the state are rancor and violence-free today can be partly attributed to his yeoman efforts to whip errant and rapacious drivers into line. He commands respect among the drivers for his sterling leadership qualities.”
“His death is indeed a big loss, not only to his family, but also to the NURTW nationwide and the entire people of Ibadanland. May the Almighty grant the family and loved ones the fortitude to bear this great loss.”.
Governor Ajimobi stressed that “with the directive of the national leadership of the union that Fele’s deputy, Alhaji Abideen Olajide, a.k.a. Ejiogbe should fill the vacuum created by his death in acting capacity”, he urged the union members in Oyo state ” to respect this decision and go about their lawful activities without rancour.
He also asked the people of Oyo State to ” be vigilant around the motor parks and report any act capable of breaching the public peace without delay”., saying, “May Allah repose the gentle soul of the deceased and grant him the highest place in Jannah.”