[From BONIFACE OKORO, Umuahia]
New leadership of Nigerian Association of Road Transport Owners (NARTO), Abia State chapter, has revived and expanded the operations of the Union to four local government areas of the state within about 10 months of being in office.
Abia State Chairman of NARTO, Deacon Amaobi Ohaeri, made this known Tuesday during the End of the Year Conference of the Union held at the Conference Hall of Tonimas Towers, Aba.
Ohaeri who told the audience that his administration took off effectively in July because Nigeria was shut down due to the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic shortly after the election of his executive on March 23, 2020, and has been able to establish new NARTO units in Ohafia, Ugwunagbo, Umuahia and Osisioma local government areas for operations of the Union.
According to him, the expansion drive has helped in restoring the name of NARTO which was almost going into oblivion among the public, government circles and other transport unions and to also bring back neglected pioneer members, former leaders of Abia NARTO and other stakeholders to attend executive and general monthly meetings which are now regular.
Ohaeri also reported to the Conference that his executive has cleared the six months rent arrears for the Union’s two-room office it inherited from the past administration and has been up-to-date in rent payment. He however appealed to members and stakeholders to assist the executive to secure a befitting and more spacious office that could also be used for general meetings.
The Abia NARTO helmsman commended the state Governor, Dr.Okezie Ikpeazu, for giving attention to some roads in the state following the outcry of the Union which sent him a Save-Our-Soul message, particularly on the dilapidated nature of the Aba axis of the Aba-Port Harcourt section of the Enugu-Aba-Port Harcourt expressway.
Ohaeri assured members of purposeful leadership and adequate reward for meritorious services.
“Permit me to inform you that this current administration will always acknowledge and reward competence and good work and that we will continue to monitor closely the activities of our members and promise to bring it to bear when necessary,” he said.
“Today will mark the beginning of Abia NARTO; the beginning of a process where diligence, hardwork and reasonable commitment will be openly rewarded by way of award presentation to great NARTO men who have distinguished themselves so well in their contributions to this great association,” he added.
Highlights of the Conference included awards presentation to pioneer members and past leaders of the association who have now been named Patrons of NARTO. They include Chief (Sir) Ikechukwu Nwogu, Sir Christan Anieke and Sir Donatus Okegbuna.
Also, the Founder/Chancellor of Gregory University, Prof Greg Ibe, and a security consultant, Chief Chikwe Udensi, were honoured with awards during the conference.