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Lalong seeks end to NURTW crisis

In March, the Lagos State Government suspended the activities of the National Union of Road Transport Workers, NURTW, in all parks and garages. Photo: Labour ministry on X

The Minister of Labour and Employment, Simon Lalong, has called for a unified and cooperative relationship between the two factions of the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW).

He made this plea during a visit by NURTW leaders to his office in Abuja on Monday.

Minister Lalong encouraged the two factions of NURTW to collaborate for the sake of optimising productivity, saying it was crucial for socio-economic development at all levels.

Furthermore, Lalong noted that securing the release of detained NURTW members was one of the demands presented by the Nigeria Labour Congress during their meeting with the Ministers last week, assuring them that the processes leading to wage awards were progressing as planned and would soon be concluded.

Minister of State for Labour and Employment, Nkeiruka Onyejeocha, also appealed to the factions to prioritise peace as the Ministry works towards resolving their dispute amicably.

Alhaji Ibikunle Baruwa, leading the NURTW delegation, expressed appreciation to the Ministers for their efforts in facilitating the release of their arrested members.

In September, there was clash between the factions led by the National President, Tajudeen Baruwa and Badru Agbede’s faction.

Consequently, FCT Police command arrested Baruwa and others for breach of public disturbance and breach of peace.

Writing by Adeniyi Bakare, editing by Hadiza Abdulrahman