The Ekiti State Government has warned transport unions in the State to stay clear of acts that are inimical to the relative peace being enjoyed in the State; stressing that the peace and development of the State supersedes any union power tussle.
Speaking with newsmen Tuesday in Ado Ekiti, the Chief of Staff to the Governor, Hon Biodun Omoleye said the state government is more interested in the peace of the state than the issue of who controls the leadership of transport union in the State.
Hon Omoleye noted with displeasure that the affairs of the transport unions was fast degenerating into a state of lawlessness, adding that government would not fold its arms and allow the relative peace being enjoyed in the State to be truncated by needless bloodshed.
Omoleye who disclosed that he was alerted early on Monday morning that there was a serious crisis within the rank and file of the transport unions said he had to call a peace meeting where all warring factions wete urged to sheath their swords.
“We had the meeting for close to three hours because Government is interested in knowing the remote cause of this frequent crisis. At the end of the meeting, the factions were advised to maintain peace and to observe the Status quo”.
“At the end of the meeting, a high-powered Committee was set up with a view to resolving the leadership crisis and ensuring that there is peace within the unions.
“They have been advised to go back and talk to their members to maintain peace. Government is looking into the issue and within a week the factions will be invited to submit facts so that Government will be able to come out with a position that will engender permanent peace within the rank and file of the drivers Union in the State.
“We don’t interfere in their internal affairs”, the Chief of Staff said.