By; BAYO AKAMO, Ibadan
Concerned residents in Ibadan and its environs under the aegis of Vantage Peaceful Citizens (VPC) on Monday advised Governor Seyi Makinde to replace the activities of the Park Management System (PMS) with Road Transport Employer`s Association of Nigeria (RTEAN).
The group in a statement signed by its Coordinator, Adekunle Ajadi said this became necessary in view of the continued violence associated with activities of PMS members in Oyo state
Emphasizing that it is high time for Governor Makinde ” to give opportunity to RTEAN as a rightful owners of commercial vehicles across the country.”, adding, ” despite the fact that RTEAN have got a court judgment that empowered the union as a rightful and legal entity to oversee the activities of transportation sector, the Oyo State Government under the leadership of Governor Seyi Makinde is yet to give them operational approval”.
“We as residents in Ibadan, we are tired of excesses of the members of Park Management System (PMS) under the leadership of Mukaila Lamidi a.k.a Auxiliary. In other states of the South west, the control and management of transportation is saddled in the hands of Road Transport Employer`s Association of Nigeria (RTEAN) and National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW), where the operational are in shifting”, it said.
The group added, ” RTEAN as owner of the vehicles will operate for a week while NURTW as drivers will also operate the following week. This serves as a check to any of the union against excesses because if there any trouble within the period any of them are operating, government will know whom to hold responsible, the one found wanting can be sanctioned.”
“But in Oyo state, the case is different, the Governor of the state came with PMS with ex-convict and expelled member of NURTW, Mukaila Lamidi as the Chairman.This negate the tenets, rules and regulations guiding the operation of transport anywhere in the country”.
” We want to use this opportunity to appeal to Governor Seyi Makinde to look into this our demand so that Oyo state will start enjoy the peace being enjoyed in transportation sector during the tenure of immediate past Governor of the state”.