The Road Transport Employers Association of Nigeria (RTEAN) has insisted that it will not agree with the alleged extortions of its members by the Lagos State government through its constituted caretaker committee for the association.
RTEAN’s Executive National President, Alhaji Musa Mohammed, who stated this while speaking with newsmen in Lagos, yesterday, said members would not pay any levy to the caretaker committee, describing the committee’s activities as “illegal.”
Mohammed, who alleged that RTEAN members had been compelled to buy union’s tickets despite suspension of operations, urged all members not to take any union money to the Oba or the state government because it was not their right.
He added: “If it is tax, we will know it is tax. This one that the government say they have suspended us and now put an Oba, Kabiyesi, Seriki or Area Boy or whatever to head a committee to collect money for the state government, we will not agree.
“We are calling the attention of the state government and security agencies to know that there is extortion of our members.
“Already, we are aware that our operations have been suspended by the Lagos State government and we have gone to court because we are labour workers working directly under the Federal Government and state government cannot stop us.”