Executive Order: Trade unions embark on warning strike, shut businesses in Plateau 

Plateau state Joint Transport, Traders and Marketers Association (PSTMA), have declared a one-day warning strike against the state government’s Executive Order 003, banning trucks entering Jos-Bukuru metropolis.

The joint trade associations said all its members shall close businesses on Wednesday as a warning strike and called on government to retract its decisions.

The associations made the declaration Tuesday at a press conference, held at the state secretariat of the PSTMA, Jos. The statement was read by Samaila Garba, who was flanked by nine other leaders.

“It is with heavy heart that we address you today as you are aware of the pains and  hardship our members and the common citizens of Plateau state are going through as a result of the signing and implementation of Executive Order 003, 2024 for the Control of Buildings and Vehicular Traffic in Plateau state wherein more than 25 trucks had been impounded by Mr. Hart Bankat the general manager of JMDB on behalf of Plateau state government on the premise of violation of the said executive order on the first day of its implementation,” he said.

The trade unions said some of the trucks impounded were not moving on the road but were off loading at various stores/shops and were towed to the VIO office at Anglo Jos and government had refused to release the said trucks to its owners until the sum of N500,000, is paid as fine on each truck.

“The outright and deliberate refusal of the government to have a listening ear necessitated this press conference,” it said.

The association said their mandate also involves promoting peace, economic stability and acceptable behavior within the society adding  that they are ready to support the state government’s efforts at creating the enabling environment for their business to strive so that the IGR of the state can grow.

“We strongly disagree with the government in keeping or packing our vehicles in such an environment (open space) that has security threats. We had earlier sat with government officials but it has not yielded any positive result. There is no doubt that having overstretched our patience and non adherence to democratic tenets, rule of law and constitutionalism,” they said.

The joint association called on the state government to retract its steps on the executive order by releasing their impounded truck immediately, provide designated routes for trucks and moving goods to Northeast and Northwestern states.