There is no doubt that the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) is playing a significant role in the politics of the southwest region of Nigeria.
An 82-year-old man, Alhaji Amusat Mafolasere Adebisi, who hails from Gboroketeola, Iseyin, in Iseyin local government area of Oyo state is believed to be instrumental to the formation of NURTW in the state.
Legit.ng's regional reporter in Oyo state, Imran Khalid, reports that in an exclusive chat with the octogenarian in his home country, Iseyin he said he was the brain behind the formation of Oyo NURTW.
Alhaji Adebisi who is popularly known as 'Amusa-Ade' narrated that the formation of Oyo NURTW would no doubt be traced to Iseyin's motors owners who could not summon the courage to drive their motors.
According to him, the owners' failure to drive motors facilitated the employment of competent and professional drivers in Iseyin who were in place to drive the owners and also obtained motors on installment.
The octogenarian said that the coming together of Iseyin motors' owners and the drivers would be traced to 1958 when an attempt had not been made for NURTW's registration with the government.
Adebisi said that the federal government's directives on changing road driving from the left-hand side to the right hand necessitated the formation of Oyo NURTW.
He said that all they needed to do was to invite one another to the motors owners' building built in 1960 at custom, Iseyin on a motive to brief one another on the government's directives that centred on changing of road driving from the left-hand-side to the right-hand-side.
Adebisi said on Sunday, April 2, 1972, that such directive came to pass, adding that he as a son of one of the motors' owners needed to seek the permission of all motors' owners on the need to brief all drivers which they all agreed.
Adebisi said that he proceeded to brief all drivers on the federal government's directives and the need to comply strictly on the said day.
The 82-year-old man said that having made the announcement and had its firm understanding, the drivers began the process of attaining a united forum and how their registration with the government would be feasible.
He said their registration with the government was feasible in 1972/1973 but they were attached with driving workers before their registration with the government ultimately became successful.
Adebisi said that Oyo NURTW was successfully formed in Iseyin and sold the idea to Ibadan; being the headquarters of southwest and capital of Oyo state respectively.
He said he was the secretary of the union in Iseyin, adding that he resigned voluntarily and James Ojewumi from Iganna, Iwajowa local government area of Oyo state succeeded him.
Adebisi said, among the motors' owners were PA Ajao Oloke, Alhaji Hassan, Alhaji Makohala, Alhaji Shittu Ajibade Ishola, Alhaji Shittu Olona among others in Iseyin.
He said that the idea that was birthed in Iseyin had been taken over by Ibadan today.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that a 19-year-old medicine and surgery student of the University of Nigeria joined the list with her ability to speak Korean, Swahili, Shona, Filipino, Spanish, and Indonesian fluently without leaving the shores of Nigeria.
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