Olufemi Adediran, Abeokuta
The Speaker of the Ogun State House of Assembly, Hon. Olakunle Oluomo Sunday insisted that, the government must partner with members of the various transport unions to end insecurity in the state.
Oluomo stressed the need for government to always engage the leadership of transport unions and security agents to curb armed robbery, kidnapping, cultism and other criminal activities in the state.
Oluomo made this known while speaking to journalists shortly after commissioning the new State Secretariat of the Riders and Owners of Motorcycle Organisation (ROMO).
According to him, continuous engagement of transport unions would help curb the excesses of their members thereby engendering peace in the state.
Oluomo said: “We will continue to engage them. When people have stayed at home for a long time they result to riding motor bikes, a lot of things will be coming up, but we are trying to do is engage them through this type of organisation.
“We will keep engaging them and enlighten them and encourage them to do the thing the best way they are supposed to do it and that is why I will always give to this present government for giving them the enabling environment to thrive in the transport business.”
He added that “This signifies the empowerment this government embark upon when we came on board.
“ROMO as you can see is one of the motorcycle organisations that we have in Ogun State and we are able to accommodate a lot of youths that would have been roaming about the street and causing a lot of havoc.
“People misinterpreted what we are doing, they are an organisation at the same time agents of government in getting tax into the purse of the government, they are using their position to coordinate the activities of motorcycle riders in the State, for security reasons we can monitor their coming in and going out, we also using the opportunity to empower the youths as well.
“You can see an organisation that started two or three years ago, see what they have put in place and apart from this they are doing this in other local governments.”
The Chairman of ROMO in Ogun State, Rasaq Sotayo revealed that the union is currently building a multimillion naira orthopedic hospital, saying the hospital when completed will take care of the treatment of members at subsidized rates.
Sotayo said, the new building would help boost the social economic development of the state as it serves as a revenue generating building.