The Ewi of Ado-Ekiti, Oba Rufus Adeyemo Adejugbe, has cautioned members of two of the prominent drivers’ unions in Ekiti State to shun all acts of violence and brigandage.
The monarch gave this admonition when Mr Sunday Adeola(alias Abokode) and Chief Joseph Falope (alias Olofooro) who were newly elected as state chairmen of the National Union of Roads Transport Workers (NURTW) and the Road Transport Employers Association of Nigeria (RTEAN) respectively visited him in the Palace
The new leadership of the two unions were led to the Palace by Oodua People’s Congress( OPC) leader, Prince Niyi Adedipe (The Apase Oodua of Ekiti State)
They were accompanied to the Palace after their inauguration by their deputies, Mr Olusola Atoki Deputy Chairman NURTW and Mr Enikan Olaye, the Deputy State Chairman RTEAN
The change of leadership was for the first, in recent years offered, without violence or brigandage.
Receiving the union leaders in his Palace, Oba Adejugbe expressed joy that the change of leadership of the two unions was peacefully done in the state.
The monarch, therefore, enjoined them to shun all acts of violence and always work towards peace and progress of Ekiti.
The paramount ruler of Ado-Ekiti however warned against any act of violence and brigandage stressing that the Palace would not tolerate such.
Oba Adejugbe who commended Chief Joseph Falope said his peaceful conduct had endeared him to his members in the state.
He urged the new leaders to be honest and work towards improving the welfare of their members in the State.
The royal father prayed for them to be successful in their new tasks In their response, the drivers’ union leaders said they were in the Palace to receive counsel and royal blessings. They assured that nothing that would upset the existing peace in the state would be contemplated.
As a major step to ensure peace, the union leaders, local government executives of the unions have been retained.
They thanked the Royal Father for tolerating some excesses of the unions while they to fun peaceful administrations.
In his remarks, Prince Adedipe said he took the union leaders to the palace as part of his efforts to ensure peace and security in Ekiti .
The OPC chief said his desire was to ensure that all stakeholders work together to fight insecurity in the State.
Recall that Apase recently brokered peace amongst the three major factions of the OPC.
The groups comprised Gani Adams, Dr Fedrich Fasehun and the OPC New Era group.
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