Written by Sarah NEGEDU

Maitakobi Sues For Peace As RTEAN Resolves Leadership Crisis

The leadership crisis rocking the Road Transport Employers’ Association of Nigeria (RTEAN) has finally come to a long-awaited end on Thursday.


This came after a recent judgement delivered by the National Industrial Court has recognised Alh. Musa Muhammed (Maitakobi) as the National President of the association.


The judgment was delivered by Justice O.Y. Anuwe of the said court.


Maitakobi, at a press conference he addressed alongside RTEAN’s Secretary General, Yusuf Adeniyi, in Abuja on Thursday, called on aggrieved members to embrace peace and reconciliation efforts so that the association can move forward.


 “The present leadership under the current Executive National President, Alhaji Musa Muhammed (Maitakobi) is calling on all disenchanted, aggrieved, dissatisfied and disconnected members, to come together for us to build and reinvigorate RTEAN for progress and development,” he said.


Maitakobi and Adeniyi also called on the press, relevant stakeholders and the general public to continue to support RTEAN.


“I want to say here that the members of RTEAN cannot do it alone to ensure that peace reigns and progress achieved without the support, co-operations and collaborative partnership with the press and the general public. We are therefore calling you all to give support, cooperate with this current leadership in ensuring that there is stability”.


The duo described the court judgement  as victory for all Nigerians who were interested in the progress of the association.


“This victory is neither a victory for Alh. Musa Muhammed (Maitakobi) as a person, nor for the NEC alone, nor for the National Hqtrs., nor for the members of the organization but for all Nigerians, for the fact that this conflicts and crises has lingered for a long time and it has affected the entire transport industry in the country”.


They appealed to members to avoid actions capable of causing breakdown of law and order, while also urging them to cooperate with law-enforcement agencies in their quest to protect lives and property.


While condoling with families of those that lost their lives during the recent #EndSARS protests across the country, the duo announced that a committee had been constituted to ascertain the extent of damage and losses incurred by RTEAN members.


The leadership crisis that rocked RTEAN for years had caused serious disintegration among members and disharmonious existence of the association. Many believe that the recent judgment will bring calm among members and help the association to forge ahead.


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