The National Union Road of Workers (NURTW) president has been accused of involving in a high corruption scandal and misappropriation of union funds to the tune of N47 million on Chieftaincy title.
Some aggrieved session of the union in Plateau State faulted the state chapter and National president for joining the Federal Road safety corps (FRSC) over issuance of driving license to qualify drivers from driving schools.
The state branch of NURTW expressed displeasure that the national secretariat of the union recently adopted a new policy that was introduced by FRSC, bringing unnecessary hardship to some of its members who started driving as conductors for 20 years.
Alh Awalu Garba condemned the current adoption of FRSC program which had an economic impact on motorists across the country.
The group lamented that Vehicle Inspection Officer (VIO) who are saddled with the responsibility of issuance of driving licenses which are denied by the National president.
He accused the National president of squandering N47 million in lobbying for traditional title.
“We are sad that the federal road safety commission and the leadership of NURTW are in secret agenda to introduce driving school certificate programme which must have caused the problem.
Garba noted that the NURTW leadership before adopting a new fresh idea should have made a wider consultation with various stakeholders before embarking on the project.
“This is not part of our law, we are practicing democracy so this need to be publicized in some national dailies or radio to create awareness to people’s .
Then ,how can a driver who have gathered experience for over 20 years will be subjected to FRSC plan of extortion of money before given them driving school certificate .
He described the entire exercise as illegal and vow that they shall never allow any group to sabotage their effort and any attempt to force their members to abide by their wicked law would be resisted vehemently.
According to him, the various state chapters failed to open wider consultation with their state chapters, but embark on this plan to frustrate us.
He blamed the national president and various state chapters for money laundering spending 47 million naira in Zamfara to obtain chieftaincy title while members are languishing in poverty.
Garba explained that the serious problem affecting them in NURTW now is that most of those chairmen occupying leadership are by inheritance from their deceased parents or brothers which hampered the progress of the union.
We are expressing our dismay over the lack of political will to move the association forward after advising them to ensure that the VIO remains the only body saddle with the responsibility of issuing driving license they refused.
Alh Maikudi Ibrahim reiterated that the use of driving schools would bring set back to Nigeria .
In an interview on phone , Alh Idris Adamu debunked the alleged involvement in any financial scandal which was spent to the National president in Zzamfara state.
“I am not aware of contributing or spending such huge amount on the traditional title, but the issue of driving license is the responsibility of VIO not FRSC” .
Adamu said the whole exercise was a mere speculation to tarnish the good name of our president and state chapters which is not true, he called on those who are planning this division to verify their fact very well because we never had any problem with them.