COMTUA holds annual Congress; bemoans unsavoury conditions in truck operations.

COMTUA holds annual Congress; bemoans unsavoury conditions in truck operations.

The leadership.of.the Council of Maritime Truck Unions and Associations (COMTUA) on Friday, bemoaned unsavoury conditions under which the Council is operating in the maritime sector which have hindered its desired progress over the years.

The National President of the group, Comrade Adeyinka Aroyewun stated this at the Annual Congress 2022 held in Lagos

While giving the score card of the Council in the last one year, Aroyewun who stated that the administration had achieved some substances, added that lack of recognition by relevant government agencies is sometimes a ploy to polarise the union..

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He maintained that the agencies have accomplices in the union but stated that it was undeterred by such ploy.

He added that paucity of funds in the last one year, deliberate attempts by agencies and failure of the last administration to surrender the accounts and some valuable assets belonging to COMTUA to the current administration.

Earlier, the Council inaugurated a new Board of Trustees members aimed at strengthening trucking business in the industry.

The new executives inude; Moruf Raheem as Chairman, Ibikunle Baruwa as Co-Chairman, Isiaka Okalere as Deputy Chairman, Kelvin Okechukwu as Co-ordinator of the board and Godwin Ikeji as Secretary.

At the meeting, new executives were replaced due to their non performance in the union. They are; Vice President Finance, Philip Okor, Vice President Operations, Olopade Mutideen and Financial Secretary, Awodeji Kazeem while Mr Austin Irabor is recognised as the Secretary.

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Two trucking bodies were also inaugurated into the Council. That are; Green Initiative and Maritime Truck Owners

Recall that COMTUA is an amalgamation of maritime unions and Associations operating in the maritime sector. The members include; Container Transport Association of Nigeria (COTOAN), Amalgamation of Containers and Articulated Truck Owners Association (ACATOA), National Union of Road Transport Workers’ (NURTW) (Heavy Duty), Road Transport Employers Association of Nigeria (RTEAN) (Haulage Section), Association of Maritime Truck Owners (AMATO) and Truck and Carriers Association of Nigeria (TACAN).

Also speaking at the event, Special Adviser to the Lagos State Governor on Transportation, Mr. Sola Giwa announced that Governor Sanwo-Olu has approved COMTUA as the umbrella body to remove traffic from the port corridor

Giwa ,who was represented at the event by Engr. Olasunkanmi Morenikeji Ojoowuro, Assistant Director, Transport Operations, Lagos State Ministry of Transportation, called in vomtua executives to bring all the associations together for unison of voice.

He also announced that the blue and red lanes would be completed before December, 2023.

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