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Jos North LG boss warns NURTW of­fi­cials against tres­pass

- From Ado Abubakar Musa, Jos Business · Plateau State

The Jos North Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment Area of Plateau State, yes­ter­day warned of­fi­cials of the Na­tional Union of Road Trans­port Work­ers (NURTW ) in Laranto Mo­tor Park against tres­pass­ing into pub­lic prop­erty.

The warn­ing fol­lowed a claim by of­fi­cials of the union to have pur­chased the Laranto Mo­tor park some years back from the past ad­min­is­tra­tion of the coun­cil.

How­ever, the cur­rent ad­min­is­tra­tion dis­agreed, say­ing the said mo­tor park “is a com­mon­wealth of the larger ci­ti­zens of Jos North Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment Area to their ex­clu­sive use and ad­van­tage.”

Benue/Plateau Trust re­ported on July 6 this year that many peo­ple were in­jured at Laranto Mo­tor park when the lo­cal gov­ern­ment work­ers clashed with mem­bers of the Na­tional Union of Road Trans­port Work­ers (NURTW) over own­er­ship of the park.

In a state­ment on Wed­nes­day, Mr Philip Eplon, In­for­ma­tion Of­fi­cer of the coun­cil, said some self­ish in­di­vid­u­als have en­gaged in false ad ma­li­cious pro­pa­ganda against the coun­cil.

“Th­ese few in­di­vid­u­als ini­tially pa­raded them­selves as “of­fi­cials” of the Na­tional Union of Road Trans­port Work­ers (NURTW ), and when their mis­sion failed, they meta­mor­phosed to “of­fi­cials/rep­re­sen­ta­tives” of traders of Laranto Mo­tor Park, Jos, “it added.

The coun­cil re­it­er­ated that it had never sold the mo­tor park or any of the coun­cil’s prop­er­ties to any­one, adding that it would not be in­tim­i­dated by the black­mail of any in­di­vid­ual or group.

The Sec­re­tary, NURTW in Laranto, Alh. Sule Yaro did not an­swer calls put across to his line and an SMS sent to him was not ac­knowl­edged.

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