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NURTW Crisis: Lagos Assembly okays Parking Authority, denies MC Oluomo’s appointment

The House made the clarification as controversies continue to brew over the crisis rocking the Lagos State branch of the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW).

• March 11, 2022
Adewale, MC Oluomo and Sanwo-Olu

The Lagos State House of Assembly says the establishment of the State Parking Authority is in line with extant laws, even as it denied the appointment of a head for the agency.

The House made the clarification as controversies continue to brew over the crisis rocking the Lagos State branch of the National Union of Road  Transport Workers (NURTW).

Speaking with reporters on Friday in his office, Temitope Adewale, who chairs the House committee on Transportation, said the legislature had been proactive and already has a law creating the Lagos State Parking Authority in place.

He said the agency should now ordinarily oversee activities at all motorparks around the state now that the government has banned the activities of NURTW.

On Thursday, the Lagos government banned activities of the transport union following the sack of the Lagos NURTW chair, Musiliu Akinsanya aka MC Oluomo, by the national body for insubordination. The national body asked him to hand-over to his deputy.

MC Oluomo had in turn suspended the NURTW from the state, beckoning on the state government to launch the parking authority to take charge of the motorparks in the state.

The state claims it set up the parking authority to prevent breakdown of law and order by factions of the union.

Honourable Adewale says the House is fully aware of developments in the transport union, saying “it is clear to state that all parks, garages and parking activities would be under the Lagos State Parking Authority as stipulated by law.”

Enunciating further, he said, “by law, the state’s Parking Authority has a General Manager, approved for appointment by lawmakers and on whose shoulders the responsibility now falls to manage the parks at the moment.

“The Assembly approves a General Manager for the Parking Authority and as at this moment, no new name has been forwarded for screening and confirmation.”

“Lagosians should be calm. The situation is under control as the government takes necessary actions,” he said.

Meanwhile, the Lagos State Government has denied appointing MC Oluomo as General Manager of Lagos Transport Parks and Garages Committee.

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