National Union of Road Transport Workers

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The National Union of Road Transport Workers is an independent Nigerian trade union that serves the interests of transport workers in the road transport sector, by calling for collective obtaining and pushing for social stability for all workers in the transport sector as defined in its constitution.

The union has its leadership both nationally and at the grassroots. It is led by the Lagos socialite Musiliu Ayinde Akinsanya, better known as MC Oluomo.

The leadership is guided by the General Secretary who continues to encourage and support between members and officials to make the union appear strong and vibrant. The union raises fund through several methods, but the largest of these is through support and willful contribution of union funds. The core functions of the union is to protect the rights of workers in the transport sector. Entry into the union is voluntary, however the dues collected are used to run functions in the union and support members. The youth department under the women league ensure youth programs to educate and sensitise members on good service delivery and customer relation.

The union has been known for controversial practices including corruption, extortion, and nepotism, exposed by the American-British journalist Louis Theroux in his 2010 documentary film.

NURTW has been embroiled in a negotiation with motorcycle (bike) hail startup companies. NURTW has been accused of extorting those drivers ranging between 500naira to 1000naira. The ride hail companies with the support of the Lagos state government, agreed on 500naira daily fee to allow drivers operate.