By ONYEKACHUKWU MELUWA, Warri
The chairman of National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) Delta State chapter, Chief Comrade Ifeanyi Obi had advocated for peace within the union and the state.
He disclosed this to newsmen who paid him a courtesy visit in his office recently.
Comrade Ifeanyi Obi noted that all facets of the union should operate within the purview of their jurisdiction and the Union of Tippers and Quarry Employers of Nigeria (UTQEN) should strictly adhere to their jurisdiction of operation bearing in mind that NURTW is the mother union and in charge of road transport operations.
The chairman while speaking with newsmen said he brought Comrade Dumebi Eluaka in the fore front of the union which he failed to understand.
He added that the three trade unions have different jurisdictional scope of operations as stated by Ministry of Labour and Employments as thus NURTW: All workers engaged in transportation of persons and goods by road, excluding the transportation of petroleum products by roads and transportation undertaken by self-employed persons, UTQEN: all employers/owners of Tippers/Trucks that operates at the quarry sites, while RTEAN: employers in the road transport industry.
Comrade Obi noted that since he emerged as the state union leader there had been relative peace throughout the motor parks in the state and government funds are remitted accordingly and that despite the rejection of local government chairmen on quarry across the state, yet Eluaka parades himself as chairman of the quarries.
He added that the state government of Delta State only recognizes the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW). He advised that UTQEN should seek recognition from the state government before operating in the state to forestall any break down of law and order.
He said that the NURTW needs peace not trouble and as a chairman, he will do any things possible to restore peace among members.
He also disclosed that “I do not want to loose anybody because of union activities”. He equally advised Eluaka Dumebi to stop writing petitions against the union.