Akeredolu suspends NURTW, RTEAN activities in Ondo

Security agencies have been mandated to arrest anyone that violates the suspension order.

Ondo State governor, Rotimi Akeredolu says the unions are prohibited from collecting money from motorists [Twitter/@RotimiAkeredolu]

The governor's Senior Special Assistant on Special Duties and Strategy, Dr Doyin Odebowale, on Monday, March 1, 2021 ordered both unions to vacate motor parks with immediate effect.

The unions are prohibited from collecting money from commercial motorists for as long as the suspension lasts.

Odebowale explained that the suspension was as a result of the recent crisis within the unions over leadership tussles.

"Their leadership is not recognised by us. They should go to their offices. They should leave our parks immediately.

"They go about brandishing guns, cutlasses. They want to be killing themselves over money," he said.

He said security agencies have been mandated to arrest and prosecute anyone that violates the suspension order.

Monday's suspension is coming in the wake of the recent 100% increment in taxi fares from N50 to N100.

Drivers hiked the fares due to an alleged increase in the price of tickets issued by the NURTW.

Governor Akeredolu told the drivers to revert to the N50 rate effective immediately.

Odebowale said the tickets will now be sold by officials of the state government.

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