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Saturday, February 13, 2021

Ogun: Abeeb Ajayi - Led Board Revokes Contracts On Revenue Collection Signed By PAGADA


... Ogun Govt Explains Why It Bans NURTW From Operating At Motor Parks 



From Ayobami Ife, Abeokuta

The Board of the Ogun State Parks and Garages Development Agency (PAGADA) has revoked  all recent contracts, negotiations, understanding, agreements, Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) signed  or executed by the Ogun State Parks and Garages Development Agency (PAGADA) with any agents, agencies, entities, companies, persons and or organisations in respect of revenue collection.

An extract of the resolution signed by Hon. Wale Habeeb Ajayi, Board Chairman, 
PAGADA, obtained by The Daily Crucible,
the affected revenue collection includes revenue on trucks and other heavy vehicles operating in any parks, garages or tolls in Ogun State.

The revocation of all such contracts, negotiations, agreements, MOU, understanding among others, followed the resolution of the Board during her meeting on Thursday 11 th February 2021, where the board also resolved that members  shall embark on visitation to all parks and garages in the state to ensure strict compliance with the Covid-19 protocols as directed by governor Dapo Abiodun.

 While  observing that the General Manager who is also the Secretary of the Board has not been attending Board meetings nor effecting Board Resolutions with calls on him to live up to his billings in the agency, the board reminded all that 
the Agency is an autonomous body by virtue of the law establishing it.

Read below,  the full resolutions of the board :

1. That the General Manager should not enter into any agreement / Memorandum of Understanding ( MOU) contracts negotiation (s) of directions (s) with any Ministry , Agency , Companies , forms agents (s) persons (s) and or entities whatsoever without the written consent and approval of the board .

2. The Board shall immediately embark on visitation to all parks and Garages in Ogun to ensure strict compliance with Covid-19 protocols as directed by His Excellency ,Prince Dapo Abiodun MFR ,Governor of Ogun State.

3. That all recent contracts , negotiations , understanding, agreements , Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) signed  or executed  by the Ogun State Parks and Garages Development Agency (PAGADA) with any agents, agencies , entities, companies , persons and or organisations on the collection of revenue on trucks and other heavy vehicles operating in any parks ,garages or tolls in Ogun State is hereby revoked..

4. That the Ogun State Parks and Garages Development Agency (PAGADA) law has clearly taken care of the interest of all local government in Ogun State in it's Operations through adequate representation of the local government council in Board of the Ogun State Parks and Garages Development Agency (PAGADA).

5. That the Board should urgently hold meetings and interactions with the security agencies on the security situation in all the parks and Garages in Ogun State.

6.The Board observed that the General Manager who is also the Secretary of the Board has not been attending Board meetings nor effecting Board Resolutions and such attitude should henceforth be stopped while the General Manager is enjoined to live up to his Billings in the Agency .

7. The Agency is an autonomous body by the law establishing the Agency and the Agency and it's Board shall be guided in it's functions , responsibilities and power as provided for in the law.


Why We Ban NURTW From Operating at Motor Parks - OGSG

Similarly, Ogun State Government (OGSG) has given insight into why it banned the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) from operating at the motor parks and garages in the state. 

The state government said it is very much concerned about the safety of lives and property of Ogun people within and outside the parks and grarages across the state.

The State Commissioner of Transportation,  Gbenga Dairo, disclosed this at a meeting with the State Commissioner of Police, Mr. Edward Ajogun and leadership of the NURTW, following reports making the rounds that the Union planned to resume activities at motor parks and garages, against the subsisting suspension earlier placed on it.

According to Dairo, the State Government, has said that its approach to governance since assumption of office, has brought about the enduring peace and harmony being enjoyed in the State, especially in motor parks and garages.

The Commissioner, also noted that government is concerned about the safety of lives and property in parks across the State, stressing that under no circumstance would it compromise the primary duty of promoting peace, harmony and security in the State.

"The Prince Dapo Abiodun administration prides itself with a deliberate and methodical approach to the conduct of the affairs of government and governance and this is reflected in the consultative approach adopted for the management of stakeholders' interests in the transport sector," Dairo maintained.

The Commissioner assured that the government would address the issues raised by the Union, but charged it to always channel grievances through appropriate quarters in accordance with established rules and regulations, to avoid breach of peace in the State.

In his reaction, the State Chairman of NURTW, Comrade Ismail Adewale, who was represented by the State Deputy Chairman, Alhaji. Yusuf Bamigbola, denied the reports of planned resumption of Union activities in parks and garages, disclosing that the present leadership of the union is a respecter of the rule of law with no record of violence or criminality.

Comrade Adewale, also said the Union had always believed in exploring available crisis resolution mechanism in resolving issues.

"Deployment of violence in transport sector has become a thing of the past, and therefore cannot be traced to the present leadership of the NURTW, because it is not only destructive, but barbaric and inimical to progress and development of the Union," Comrade Adewale said.

He appealed to the State government to help address various issues bothering on intimidation of its members, and illegal collection of union dues in the parks and garages, assuring that peace and harmony shall reign supreme across the State.

In his contribution, the Commissioner of Police, Edward Ajogun reiterated the need to always put security and peace first, stressing that activities that would breach peace of the State would not be treated with kid gloves.

 Ajogun, ably represented by the Deputy Commissioner, Operations, DCP Tijani Abdullahi, affirmed that the Police in the State is always ready to combat crimes and criminality, admonishing that amicable resolution should be sought after.



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