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Transport Unions Unite To Fight Touts In Anambra

Posted: May 7, 2015 at 1:23 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Christian Emeka,  Awka 


Two rival groups in the transport sector in Anambra State, Autobike Owners Welfare Association of Nigeria (OAWAN) and the Road Transport Employers Association of Nigeria (RTEAN), in a bid to help Governor Willie Obiano flush out criminals in the state, have sunk their differences and become united.

The union, which took place on the ever busy Onitsha/Owerri road, opposite the Obosi general motor park, was performed during the official commissioning of RTEAN office.

Speaking at the event, Commissioner for Transport, Chuma Mbonu, stressed the need for all hands to be on deck to help improve on the transport sector as government alone could not do it.

The commissioner, who was represented by Nwabueze Onwudionu, expressed optimism that with the unity of the two groups, crimes that include touting, illegal levies/taxes and other criminal activities would be completely flushed out in the transport sector in the state.

Earlier in his address, state Chairman of RTEAN, and Chairman, Board of Trustees, Chief Kingsly Maduagwuna, assured the members that the unity would sanitise the transport sector.

“It will no longer be business as usual; touting has changed, some of the members are graduates,” he noted.

He added that the merger will help curtail illegal tickets, emblems and touting in the states.

He urged non-members to now join OAWAN, RTEAN in their own interest as both were the only recognised autobike unions in the State.

Also speaking, the AOWAN chairman, Board of Trustees, Dr. Jimmy Okonkwo, said “today we have become one for peace to reign”.

He urged others in the autobike transport sector to emulate OAWAN and RTEAN as a way of moving the state forward.

The OAWAN BoT chairman reiterated the resolve of the two bodies to sanitise the state with the collaboration of the state government.

Contributing, the RTEAN chairman, Awka South and State Chairman, tricycle unit, Prince Chinedu Ekwunife Anyafulugo, revealed that the partnership of AOWAN and RTEAN would spur them to eradicate all forms of criminality in the autobike transport sector.

He described the union of both groups as a good omen for the state government, as they would ensure that unapproved bodies would not be allowed to ferment trouble in the state.

In their various remarks, the RTEAN BoT chairman, Chief Gilbert Obi, described the coming together of the two groups as one of the good things that have happened to the state adding that sanity and decorum would be installed.

Also, Public Relations Officer (PRO) of RTEAN, Mr. Chukwuka Nwosu, commended the state government, stating that they would abide by their oath of office.