Ekiti State Governor, Dr Kayode Fayemi has intervened in the on-going crisis rocking the leadership of the State chapter of the Road Transport Employee Association of Nigeria (RTEAN), calling on all aggrieved members to sheath their swords.
The Governor made the call on Wednesday at a meeting with the National leadership of the transport union led by its President, Chief Musa Isiwele Shehu and the State Chairman, Chief Joseph Rotimi and his Secretary, Mr Sesan Ogunlade who are at loggerhead.
Dr. Fayemi who stated that development can only thrive in an atmosphere of peace urged the union members to embrace peace and amicably resolve their differences in the interest of the association and the State.
While stating that the crisis within the transport union has no political undertone, the Governor noted that the RTEAN has been very peaceful as well as being supportive of the developmental agenda of government.
Fayemi charged the national president to meet the warring factions and resolve the crisis with immediacy.
“The association has been peaceful here and it has been very supportive of the developmental agenda of the government particularly in the transport sector. All the warring factions are people that have been supportive. We don’t read any political undertone to whatever has
happened within the union. All we are interested in is peace and progress for the betterment of our society. I have every confidence that you will resolve this matter amicably and in the best interest of the association and Ekiti state”, Fayemi said.
Meanwhile the national President Chief Shehu has debunked the rumour making the round that the crisis was fuelled by the N100 million purportedly given to the Union by the State Government; stressing that the rumour was untrue and baseless.
“I have read in the newspapers that the crisis was caused by some money but in the last two days that I have been here, I have investigated this both from the side of government which they accused
of giving out the money and I found that there is nothing like that.
It is the leaders of the union that are causing the fight. We will take care of that and as soon as I leave this place, I will see the Commissioner of Police and I will decide the matter before I leave this State”, he said.
Last modified: January 8, 2014