#BounceExclusive: Ambode Forces 600 'Agberos' Out Of Jobs
Peace may have return to Oshodi but life will never remain the same again.
Over 600 members of the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) have lost their daily source of income.
They became jobless following the ban on the activities of NURTW by the Lagos State government.
The affected branches of the union include: LOB A, LOB D, LOB J, Oshodi A, Oshodi B, Oshodi C and Oshodi D.
The government took the decision after crisis broke out in Oshodi following the murder of a prominent member of NURTW, Rasaq Balogun, popularly known as Hamburger.
The state Acting Commissioner of Transportation, Anofiu Elegushi, who gave the directive at a press briefing on Monday last week said there would be no collection of tickets/fees from commercial buses while the suspension lasts. The commissioner said the suspension would remain in force indefinetly.
Bounce News investigations showed that with the ban of over 600 members of the union in the area are currently jobless.
A breakdown of the figure shows that each of the branches has about 15 executive members. The branches also have 10 component units. Each of these units have nine executive members and about 10 park attendants who help to collect levies.
The union has also lost some substantial amount of the money since its suspension 8 days ago.
Investigations also showed that the union loses about N7 million every day. It was learnt that each component unit makes roughly N100,00 per day. When you do the math, you see that about N56 million has not rolled into the union's coffers.
When Bounce News visited some of the parks in the area on Tuesday, our correspondent observed that there was total compliance with the order.
There was not a single agbero in uniform in all the parks visited. It was, however, gathered that some of agberos still come to the parks every day to solicit for voluntary help from drivers and conductors.
It is not only members of the NURTW that are feeling the pains of the suspension. Policemen, soldiers and some government personnel are said to also be sharing in the loss.
Reports suggest the union 'settles' security operatives on a weekly basis from the money collected.
The union in Oshodi has been polarised with two factions battling for supremacy.
Bounce News gathered that six out of the seven suspended branches belong to the State Treasurer of the union, Musiliu Akinsanya also known as 'Oluomo' while the remaining one is control by Taoreed Adedigba popularly known as 'Talo'.
Adedigba was the head of the union in the area before he was overthrown by Oluomo and his loyalists.
It was further gathered that the embattled State Treasurer has already contacted the national leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Tinubu and other political leaders in the state to help him plead with Governor Akinwunmi Ambode to lift the ban.
Bounce News visited the union’s headquarters in Abule Egba area of the state to speak with the State Chairman of NURTW, Tajudeen Agbede on the ban. Our correspondent was, however, told that he was not seat.
Agbede had admitted that the state chapter was duly carried along before the decision on the ban was taken and members were notified.
One of the officials of the union, who simply identified himself as Hameed said the union has also set up a special taskforce to monitor and ensure compliance.
When Bounce News contacted the police on the compliance level, the Public Relations Officer of the Lagos State Police Command, ASP Olarinde Famous-Cole expressed satisfaction so far and urged union members in Oshodi to sustain voluntary compliance in their best interest.