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Leadership crisis among Okada operators in Osun laid to rest as Oyetola intervenes.


The leadership crisis  among the commercial motorcycle operators popularly known as Okada riders in Osun has finally been put to rest as Governor Gboyega Oyetola intervened in the matter.

This was as a result of a serious concerns shown to the crisis by Governor Oyetola which informed a dialogue between the government and the leadership of Okada operators.

Part of the final resolutions at the end of a peace meeting held on Monday with leaders and Representatives of all the six factional groups of Okada operators was harmonisation of all the group to form a single union under an umbrella to be called Osun State Commercial Motorcycle Riders and Owners Union in Nigeria (OSCMOROUN).

This was unanimously agreed upon by all the six factional groups namely, Amagameted Commercial Motorcycle Owners and Riders Association (ACCOMORAN), Motorcycle Transport Association of Nigeria (MTUN)  All Nigerian Auto-Bike Commercial Owners and Workers Association (ANACOWA), Motorcycles and Tricycles Operators Association of Nigeria (MOTOAN), Hola Union of Public Transporter (HOLA) and Nigerian Okada Express.

On the side of government at the peace meeting on Monday which lasted over four hours  was Governor Gboyega Oyetola represented by his deputy Mr Benedict Alabi who presided over the dialogue alongside the secretary to the state government Prince wole Oyebamiji, the Chief of staff to the Governor Dr Charles Akinola, the head of Service Dr Olowogboyega Oyebade and the Executive Secretary Office of Transport Engineer Eluwole.

While on the side of the security agencies were the State Commissioner of Police Mrs Abiodun Ige and Director of Department of State Security Service Mr Ibrahim Aliu.

It would be recalled that the leadership tussle was the major cause of disturbances and obstruction of free flow of traffic recorded in Osogbo the state capital over a week ago as a result of protest embarked upon by a section of commercial motorcycle operators which the government described as unfortunate.

A peace meeting was called immediate on last Wednesday  by Governor Gboyega Oyetola to amicably resolve the matter in the interest of peace as part of commitment of his administration to guarantee peace at all time and the peace meeting could not be concluded until Monday.

It was at the peace parley that all the leaders and Representatives of Okada operators in the state unanimously endorsed the nomination of one Mr Ismaila Tiamiyu from ACCOMORAN as  Chairman with chairmen of all other five factional groups as Vice Chairmen to oversee the harmonised union OSCMOROUN.

However, the new leadership has been given up till next Monday to come up with nomination of other executive members among the leaders of the various factional groups.

Addressing the union after the resolution, Governor Gboyega Oyetola represented by his deputy Mr Benedict Alabi said the outcome of the dialogue shows that every challenge can be overcome with love, unity, cooperation and understanding.

He commended the headships of Okada operators in the state for the show of love and understanding and for the display of Omoluabi ethos in the process of the dialogue.

Mr Oyetola reiterated that the commitment of his administration is to ensure that there is peace and progress in the state at all time.

Speaking with newsmen at the end of the peace meeting, the Chairman of the harmonised union OSCMOROUN  Mr. Ismaila Tiamiyu thanked Governor Gboyega Oyetola and the heads of security agencies for the intervention saying the resolution has finally brought an end to the leadership crisis in Okada operations in Osun.

He assured the state government of continued support and cooperation by Okada operators towards moving the state to the next level.



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