The Road Transport Employers Association of Nigeria (RTEAN) in Lagos has called on the state government to urgently intervene in the fracas between it and the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW).
Some members of NURTW and RTEAN had on Thursday morning at Obalende Motor Park on Lagos Island, engaged in a free-for-all over control of the garage.
The police later restored normalcy.
The state NURTW Chairman, Alhaji Musiliu Akinsanya (aka MC Oluomo), claimed that the fight occurred because members of RTEAN attacked NURTW members in a bid to take over the motor park.
But the Publicity Secretary of RTEAN, Alhaji Abdulrahman Amusan, in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Thursday in Lagos claimed that the fight occurred because members of NURTW attempted to dislodge members of his union from their area of operations at Obalende.
“We want the Lagos State Government to, as a matter of urgency, intervene in the matter. We are for peace, we have been working in Obalende for many years without any problem.
“We are owners, we are not touts, we love and cherish peace. We want our members to maintain peace and ensure law and order no matter the provocations,” the RTEAN spokesman said.
He claimed that the fight occurred because members of NURTW attempted to dislodge RTEAN members from their area of operations at Obalende.
According to him, RTEAN members resisted the attempt and it resulted in the fight.
“We have been working at Obalende for long. All of a sudden, on Monday, members of the NURTW encroached into the area of operations of RTEAN.
“This morning when they came, they met with resistance from our members there, and that led to the fracas.
“We had been co-existing for so many years,” he told NAN.