By Paul Efiong
The Road Transport Employers’ Association of Nigeria (RTEAN) inaugurated and sworn- in newly elected executive members to lead in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).
It was gathered that RTEAN had recently conducted election adjourned by many many as free and fair, leading to the emergence of Alhaji Sa’du Musa Zuba also known as Capital Zuba as Chairman to lead other executive of the Association in the nation’s capital for a five year term.
Others sworn-in include:, Richard Siso, Deputy Chairman, Administration; Dada Killian, Deputy Chairman, Operation; Anako Abdulmamman, Deputy Chairman, Log. and Plan.; Patrick Imanze, 1st Vice Chairman; Anthony Udeagu, 2nd Vice Chairman; Audu Alh Hassan, Secretary; Mark Oamen, Financial Secretary and; Adamu Idris, Treasurer.
Also, the positions of Assistant Secretary 1, Assistant Treasurer, Organising Secretary, Assistant Organising Secretary, Welfare Officer, Assistant Welfare Officer, Publicity Secretary, Assistant Publicity Secretary and Assistant Financial Secretary went to Adamu Idris, Abdulrahman Oladipe, Abass Omotosho, Kazeem Oyebamiji, Barau Ali, Christian Ojukwu, Mohammed Adejimo, Bukar Ajid, Martins Ejiifor and Afolabi Adebayo respectively.
Others were: Abimbola Ahmed, Auditor 1; Musa Umar Jimeta, Chief Whip; Isah O. Salawudeen, Assistant Chief Whip; Alh Inuwa Mohammed Ex – Officio; Chief Lawrence Ikem, Ex- Officio; Ernest Eze, Ex – Officio; Ejiwumi Dauda, Ex – Officio; Yakubu Bello, Ex – Officio and; Mohammed Auwal, Trustee 1.
In his acceptance speech, the Chairman promised to adhere strictly to the association principles, adding that RTEAN will also collaborates with the government; to educate and sensitizes members toward abiding by the rules.
He also warn members against holiganism, touting, emphasizing that any caught in dubious act will be punished accordingly.
He said” My plan in FCT is to ensure that we maintain law and order; collaborate with the government to sensitize our members to play by the rules. We are for good, progress.”
Zuba noted that his executive would ensure that members, employees and passengers in FCT are given their deserved services, even as he added that they would improve upon the welfares of all.
He appealed to the government to continue to put the road network in a better shape, which if done, according to him would go a long way in giving Nigerians their deserved services in the transport industry.
While commending the FG for palliatives they made available to transporters and others to cushion the effects of Covid -19 pandemic, he said irrespective of the increase in fuel pump price, they still maintain the old transport fares.
He said: “We are aware of the increase in fuel pump price and we still maintain our initial transport fare. We are not a part of any form of demonstration or violence against that.
“Ours is to support the government policies, because they know the best for the people and I believe that everything will be for good. I hail the FG for the palliatives they gave to transporters and others to cushion the effect of COVID-19 -pandemic.”
Similarly, the Deputy President (Admin) of the Association, Alh Mohammed A. Bishara who represented the National president, Alh Musa Mohammed advised the newl execo to work together and in peace.
He urged them to do everything humanly possible to improve on transport activities, so as to correct the impression that transporters are touts, because stakeholders in transportation are the movers of economy, who should be recognized as such.
The election, according to him showed that the transportation industry has been improving, even as he added that the elections has shown that the will of the people was going on.
“We are not imposing anybody on anyone. Now that the people have decided to elect their leaders, all we are saying is that they maintain law, peace and order. Let them do anything that will support the government policies in order to improve transportation industry in Nigeria”, he stressed.