The Minister of Labour and Employment, Senator. Dr. Chris Ngige has commended the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) for their immense contribution to the development of the Nigerian economy, describing road transport as pivotal.
The Minister gave the commendation in Abuja today when the NURTW executive led by their President, Alhaji Najeem Yasin paid him a courtesy visit in his office.
He maintained that road transportation carries the largest volume of passengers especially in the Nigerian economy adding that it accounts for about 85% in the transportation of persons and goods in the country.
He stressed the importance of road transport describing it as a necessary tonic to the economic development of Nigeria which the Federal Government cannot afford to neglect.
While thanking the Union for condoling him on the death of his father, late Pa Akunnia Pius Okonkwo Ngige, he charged the Union executive to be diligent and dutiful in running the affairs of the Union to sustain the industrial harmony being enjoyed in the industry.
In his address, the President of the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW), Alhaji Najeem Usman Yasin congratulated the Minister on his appointment as the Minister of labour and Employment stressing that the Union will explore areas of mutual interest that could have positive impact on the long existing cordial relationship between it and the Ministry of labour and Employment.
The NURTW President said that the Union was happy to identify itself with the reform policies and programmes of President Muhammadu Buhari’s change agenda that is aimed at improving the welfare of Nigerians adding that they have confidence in the President’s ability to transform Nigeria beyond expectations of Nigerians.
He also expressed confidence in the Minister’s doggedness, determination and focus to evolve creative ways that are pivotal to the progress of the Labour Ministry which is a critical element in the nation’s economy.
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