The Kwara Chapter of the Road Transport Employers’ Association of Nigeria (RTEAN) has inaugurated its newly completed state secretariat in Ilorin.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the secretariat was inaugurated by the Emir of Ilorin, Alhaji Ibrahim Sulu Gambari, on Thursday.
The Emir prayed for God’s protection and more achievements for the association.
Earlier in his address, the National Chairman of the association, Alhaji Musa Muhammed, charged members of the association to fear God and keep His commandments.
Muhammed also called on members to imbibe love and unity among themselves.
He charged those who were used to converting the association’s money to personal use to desist and emulate the leadership of the state chairman.
The state RTEAN Chairman, Alhaji AbdulRahman Onikijipa, expressed gratitude to Allah for His favour, mercy and guidance.
Onikijipa appreciated Gov. AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq for providing enabling environment for the operation of the transport sector in the state.
He also expressed gratitude to the Emir of Ilorin for his support and royal blessings, while praying for him to continue to reign in wisdom, health and wealth.
“I express my profound gratitude to God Almighty. I am indeed very happy today; words cannot express my gratitude to Allah.
“I appreciate His Excellency, the Executive Governor of Kwara, Mallam AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq for providing an enabling environment that enhances smooth operation of all sectors, especially the transport sector.
“The provision of good and motorable roads in all nooks and cranny of the state makes it easy for us to operate.
“While we look forward to many good things from your administration, I want to assure you of the association’s loyalty to you and your administration.
“We are always ready to work with you towards ensuring success in your quest to position the state among the best in the country.
“I would like to thank our father the Emir of Ilorin, the support and royal blessings given the association are highly appreciated. May you live longer on the throne in more wisdom, health and wealth,” he said.
The chairman informed that the six-year ban on the associations operation in Offa had been lifted with immediate effect.
“I am happy to inform you that the lifting of ban on our operations in Offa is due to the untiring efforts of the national president and all members.
“I will use this opportunity to appreciate HRH the Olofa of Offa, Oba Mufutau Gbadamosi, for the support, favour and grace, we are forever indebted to you and we will not disappoint you.
“We cannot forget the role played by the former Minister of National Planning, Prof. Abubakar Suleiman, towards the success of this project and the overall progress of the association. May Allah reward you abundantly,” he said.
Onikijipa expressed gratitude to the national president of the association while congratulating him on the achievement and completion of the project.
He said the project was the initiation of the former state chairman of the association, Alhaji Salman Ayoku.
“I will be considered insensitive and ungrateful if I do not appreciate the overwhelming support of the various chapel chairmen, state executive council, members, my mother, my wife and children, I cannot thank you enough.
“My uncle, Sheikh Suleiman Onikijipa; may God continue to bless you with istijaba.
“I appreciate all security agencies, we value you, your work and we continue to do our best to work with you, ” he said
Onikijipa urged members of the association to ensure they participate actively in the membership registration which, according to him, will begin soon.
He said the registration was important because it is the only prove of bonafide membership of the association.
The Speaker, Kwara House of Assembly, Mr Yakub Soliu, said that road transport contribution to any nation’s economy was immense, pledging the state government readiness to collaborate with the association to move the sector forward.
Soliu expressed the government’s commitment to ensure that state roads were being repaired.
He said that the assembly would assist the union to promote transportation in Nigeria.
The speaker congratulated the chairman of the union while commending him for promoting unity among sister unions in the state.
NAN reports that highlights of the event were the presentation of Award and Certificate of Recognition to Mallam Sulyman Onikoyi of Taxi Emirate 3 and Mallam Ahmed Babatunde of Oja Oba branch as the best employee/driver and best chapel/branch Chairman, respectively, in 2020.
The beneficiaries expressed happiness and gratitude for the recognition while promising to continue to do their best at protecting the image of the association.
NAN also reports that present the Sector Commander of FRSC, representatives of the Police and NSCDC were among dignitaries at the event. (NAN)