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Transporter Petitions FG over Oyo NURTW Extortion of Money to Fight Ebola


Mr Kehinde Oluyole, member, National Union of Road Transporter Worker (NURTW) Oyo State chapter has petitioned the Federal and State governments over alleged extortion of N80 million to fight Ebola Virus.

Oluyole, a transporter, made the allegation in a two-page petition made available to the Newsmen in Ibadan on Tuesday.

In the petition, he claimed that each of the 83 branches of the union spread across the 33 local governments in Oyo state were to pay N850,000 to the coffers of the state Union to fight the dreaded Ebola Virus.

The petitioner alleged that on Oct. 20, the Oyo state chairman of the Union, Mr Taofeek Oyerinde (a.k.a Fele) summoned all the 83 branches chairmen to a meeting where the directive was given.

Oluyole said he claimed that the money would be used to fight Ebola Virus Disease in the state and other projects.

He said that the compulsory levy, according to him, must be paid on or before Oct. 31, 2014 with a threat to remove or expel any branch who refused to pay the contribution.

“I and other well-meaning members of the Union is hereby appealing to our dear Gov. Isiaka Ajimobi, the Federal Government and national body of our union to come to our rescue as this may cause problem in the 33 local governments in the state.”

“I equally want the security agencies to investigate all these allegations and see how members are suffering in silence” he said.

Oluyole said he was raising the alarm because the World Health organizations (WHO) and Ministry of Health have declared Nigeria as Ebola free nation, wondering what the Union needs a whooping N80 million for.

All efforts to reach out to the chairman of the Union in the state, Alhaji Taofeek Oyerinde proved abortive as he was said to be away having meeting outside his office.



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