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FG mediates resolution in RTEAN-Lagos 15-month crisis

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The protracted crisis between the Road Transport Employers Association of Nigeria and the Lagos State Government has been successfully resolved through the intervention of the Federal Government. 

National Security Adviser Nuhu Ribadu played a pivotal role in mediating the conflict during a meeting with the organized labor leadership.

After 15 months of a ban on RTEAN activities in Lagos due to internal leadership disputes, the National Security Adviser’s intervention has brought about a peaceful resolution. 

Conveying the outcome of the meeting, RTEAN General Secretary Ibrahim Adeniyi said “The contentious issue of RTEAN leadership has been laid to rest with the unanimous appointment of Comrade Adesina Teslim Hussaini, also known as Okolomo, as the new state chairman of RTEAN Lagos State effective from 1st January 2024.”

Adeniyi further revealed that the resolution included the return of all properties previously taken away from the union, and the immediate resumption of RTEAN operations in all motor parks in Lagos. 

He assured, “No member of RTEAN will be victimized by the union or Lagos State Government for their role in the dispute.”

Commending the peaceful resolution, Adeniyi urged RTEAN members to comply with the agreements reached and cooperate with the government and security agencies. 

In response, President of RTEAN, Musa Maitakobi, announced the dissolution of the former structure of Lagos state Executives Council members. He endorsed Okolomo as the authentic chairman of RTEAN’s Lagos state branch and confirmed the recall of suspended members for the sake of peace and harmony.

Okolomo expressed gratitude to key figures involved in the resolution, stating, “I commend President Bola Tinubu, Chief of Staff Femi Gbajabiamila, Ribadu, and Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State for their roles in resolving the dispute.” The successful mediation has brought an end to the extended RTEAN crisis, marking a positive step forward for the union and its members.

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