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Insecurity: “Lack of safe roads affected my members, economy” – RTEAN

by Achadu Gabriel, Kaduna

Road Transport Employers Association of Nigeria (RTEAN) leadership has observed that, roads in the country, especially in the northern part of the country, are not safe for travelling, saying, this has affected its members as well as the economy.

RTEAN also stated that, the transport sector has contributed in no small measure to the development of the nation’s economy.

The Association’s Deputy National President (Administration), Ambassador Muhammed Abubakar Bishara, made the assertion during the inauguration of the eighteen elected chapels of the Kaduna State Branch on Wednesday.

Bishara, who described transportation as the “mover of the economy,” further explained that, what RTEAN is doing now is to sensitize its members on how to contribute to the economic growth and development of the nation.

He said, in recent times, insecurity has greatly affected the operations of their members, especially in the northern part of the country.

“If the roads are not safe, definitely it will affect the economy, and that is the situation we are in now in the country.

“We are already collaborating with the security agencies and other relevant stakeholders to ensure that the roads are safe for the commuters and our members,” Bishara explained.

He urged members of the union to be more dedicated and ensure a high level of discipline, just as he enjoined them to always liaise with the various law enforcement agents for the maintenance of law and order.

Director of Finance, Kaduna State Transport Regulatory Authority (KASTRA), Lawal Musa, who issued Certificates of Return to the 196 newly-elected Executive of Kaduna State RTEAN on behalf of the Kaduna State Governor, Nasir el-Rufai, noted that government was putting more efforts in ensuring the smooth running of the transportation sector in the state.

While congratulating the newly-elected exco, he said that the state was proud of all the transport unions, saying that, they had always cooperated with the state and urged more.

In his closing remarks, Chairman of the RTEAN Kaduna Branch, Adamu Zubairu Jalaluddeen, thanked the State Government for its support of the Union.

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