Concerns have been voiced by the NURTW Taraba State branch over the turmoil in the organization’s national leadership.
The Chairman of the NURTW in Taraba, Alhaji Ahmadu Musa Gauri, told media on Sunday in Jalingo that the members of the union in the state had decided to fully support the newly elected National President, Professor Ibikunle Baruwa.
Gauri has called on both sides of the current conflict to put aside their differences for the good of the unity.
“An illegal occupying force has forcefully broken into the National Secretariat of the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) claiming to be the new leadership contrary to the known leadership that was constitutionally inaugurated earlier,” he stated.
To the best of our knowledge, the great union’s zonal delegates conference held elections for a National Treasurer, Vice Chairman, and Trustee on May 24, 2023, in the Bauchi Convention Center.
Noting that the union’s new leadership under Professor Baruwa “was subsequently inaugurated during the National Delegates Conference that took place in Lafiya, Nassarawa State in August this year,” he said.
Gauri, accompanied by members of the state executive, voiced his dismay at the idea that “an alien group of people could take the law into their own hands and break into the national secretariat clàiming the be the new leadership of the Union.”
He pleaded with what he called “alien groups” in the union’s national headquarters, noting that no one has a monopoly on violence, to give peace a chance by following due process in addressing their issues.
Gauri urged the union’s members in Taraba to maintain unity and urged the NLC’s national leadership to intervene in the crisis as soon as possible.