The Chairman, Alimosho Local Government, Nigeria Union of Tailors (NUT), Comrade Babatunde Oyeleke, has called on security and other governmental agencies to accord the union better recognition.
He made the call in an exclusive chat with Our Community at the monthly meeting of the Lagos State Council of the NUT held at Mayflower Hotel, Mushin on Monday, March 4.
The Alimosho NUT chairman described lack of governmental backing as one of the major challenges hindering the union’s growth.
Oyeleke said it was unsatisfactory that politicians and government officials curry the union’s support during election period but relegate it to the background after emerging victorious.
He said that lack of support from the government had made it difficult for the police to accord the union deserved recognition whenever any issue involving the NUT got to their station.
He said, “We need the government to support us so that when we get to a police station they will not be telling us that there is no such thing as an association.
“Whenever the government needs our votes they’ll come to us as an association to seek for our support.
“It is not fair to us for them to win and then tell us that there is nothing like association.
“We plead with the government to support the Nigeria Union of Tailors in general.”
The Chairman, Board of Trustees of Lagos State Council of NUT, Alhaji M.O Opebiyi, also lamented the lack of governmental backing for the union.
According to him, the union has been supporting government’s policies since its creation in 1955 without commensurate benefit from the government in form of recognition.
“They do not respect us at all,” he lamented.
“Although we are many, we do not get any benefit from the government.
“During the administration of (Governor Babatunde) Fashola we were told to collect a form and we did but until now we have not got any response.”
Opebiyi noted that the union would not hesitate to withdraw its support for any government policy it does not agree with if the government continued to deny it needed and deserved recognition.