The speaker insists on the relevance of transport in economic development

The Speaker of the Federal House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, underlined the importance of transport in the economic growth and development of the country.

He said so yesterday in Abuja at the inauguration of the first national secretariat of the Road Transport Employers Association of Nigeria (RTEAN) worth several million naira in 43 years of existence.

The secretariat of the one-story building containing several offices and a conference room is located in Area 5 of Wuse, in the national capital.

Gbajabiamila said: “We should not underestimate the importance of the road transport union. The union contributes enormously to the economy of Nigeria. Your value to our economy is recognized by government at all levels.

“The government would continue to do what it can to help your industry thrive. We will also continue to invest significantly in road transport, which will expand your routes.

He urged the union not to stand still but to be ready to adapt to the new reality of social and economic changes in order to thrive in all circumstances.

The speaker commended RTEAN National President, Alhaji Musa Muhammed, for mobilizing people and resources for the project, expressing the readiness of lawmakers to work with the union to achieve national development goals.

In his address, the Federation Government Secretary, Boss Mustapha, praised the union’s proactivity with the government to improve the transport sector, thereby improving transport issues in Nigeria.

Mustapha, who was represented by the Permanent Secretary of the Ecological Projects Office (EPO), Dr. Habiba Lawal, said RTEAN was a trade union backed by law and committed to transforming and reforming the transport sector of the economy. Nigerian.

“It is therefore necessary for RTEAN to continue the transformation of the sector according to the best global practices.

“RTEAN,. however, is to champion the reform of the transport sector and ensure the updating of government policies, anchored on an integrated and technical transport system that ensures efficient, comfortable and transparent service delivery aimed at the socio-economic development of Nigeria and job creation for young people,” he stressed.

Women’s Affairs Minister Pauline Tallen praised the transport union for creating a women’s wing to ensure gender parity, saying “it’s great and highly commendable and in line with President Muhammadu Buhari’s agenda “.

Tallen said there was hope for Nigeria and the country would be better if women were coached.

The Minister of Labor and Productivity, Dr Chris Ngige, represented by the Registrar of the Union (RTU), Amos Falonipe, said the RTEAN House would help the union fulfill its role to the nation, providing a quality and affordable transport system.

Ngige urged the union to continue supporting the FG in its efforts to improve the economy through the renewal of transport infrastructure.

Marshal of the Corps, Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), Boboye Oyeyemi, said the commission’s partnership with RTEAN was aimed at ensuring a safer road in the country.

The Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi, commended RTEAN management for reforming and organizing the transport union to give it a new perspective and change people’s perception of transport operators.

“I am very happy that the road administration of this country can be so organised. We would like to thank the management of RTEAN. With what you are doing, there is great hope for our dear country.

“A lot of people despise the transport union, but now you are redefining it. Keep up the good work,” Ogunwusi said.

TUC National President Quadri Olaleye described the RTEAN President as an apostle of peace, saying that every economy needed infrastructure that would add to the quality of life.

Earlier, the President of RTEAN, who congratulated all stakeholders on the accolades, said that the labor court judgment of October 13, 2020 in Abuja, which favored him, freed the union.

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