The Motorcycle Owners and Users Association of Nigeria (MOUN) strongly opposes the Delta government’s plan to establish a new motorcycle union, describing it as “an impunity and illegality taken too far.” The Secretary to the State Government, Kingsley Emu, announced that the Confraternity of Motorcycle and Tricycle Owners Association (COMTOA) would start collecting levies from riders beginning January 8.
In response, MOUN President Julius Bobi issued a statement on Sunday, urging security authorities to intervene and prevent potential anarchy. Bobi emphasized the breach of the law by the Delta government, citing protection under Section 24 of the Trade Unions Act. He pointed out that MOUN had already secured a favorable judgment before Justice C.E. Achilefu of the Udu Division of the Delta State High Court.
Expressing concern over the government’s actions, Bobi declared, “We’re commencing our operations on Monday to counter them.” He questioned the government’s authority to create a rival motorcycle union, referencing a recent judgment by Justice Nelson Ogbuanya of the National Industrial Court, Port Harcourt Division. The judgment stated that the Corporate Affairs Commission lacked the power to register organizations as incorporated trustees with trade union objectives.
MOUN insists that the Delta government’s move is a blatant violation of settled legal matters. The association is determined to resist what they perceive as an encroachment on their established rights. Bobi called for the Delta government to be called to order to prevent a breakdown of law and order.
As tensions rise between MOUN and the Delta government, the situation underscores the broader legal complexities surrounding the registration and recognition of trade unions. The government’s decision to establish COMTOA faces strong opposition, setting the stage for potential legal battles and increased scrutiny over the exercise of authority in the realm of motorcycle unions.