Tuesday, 15 December 2015

Bus Drivers, Town Gboro Resume Operation On OAU Campus

Bus Drivers, Town Gboro Resume Operation On OAU Campus

The drivers of Public transport buses popularly known as 'town gboro' have resumed operation within the Obafemi Awolowo University campus after about two weeks of protest.

Some weeks ago, the National Union of Road Transport Workers, NURTW (Ife Mini Bus) condemned what it described as barbaric behaviour of the Students' Union of OAU over the beating of one of its members for allegedly stealing a phone belonging to a student of the university, as such, downed tools and stopped operation within the University community.

The Students' Union President, Omotayo Akande a.k.a TY while reacting to the protest action of the bus drivers then insisted that whenever they are even willing to resume activities on campus, they will not be allowed because they have not fulfilled the agreement they sealed with the leaders of the NURTW which was that all the bus drivers must obtain a tag for their buses that will serve as a means of identification for the sake of the security of students and in case of items that may be forgotten inside the buses.

TY further stated that he was surprised at the action of the drivers because the driver that was beaten defied one of the university rules and the appropriate measure was meted on him just like any other person. He said the driver in question has been paraded on campus before now for stealing and once again caught in the same act.

During the just concluded convocation ceremony, the bus drivers have resumed activities on campus making transportation within the campus community less stressful unlike the past two weeks. It is however not clear as at press time if the Students' Union has reached a compromise on its earlier stand with the NUTRW. Indication from some quarters however suggests that the University authority's intervention brought back the drivers to the campus at this time.

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