Bankole Taiwo, Abeokuta
The Minister of State for Transportation, Senator Gbemisola Ruqayyah Saraki has said that the ministry will consider the Amalgamated Commercial Riders Association Of Nigeria, ACOMORAN in the disbursement of N10bn survival fund for transporters in the country.
Sen Gbemisola Saraki disclosed this when she received the National President of the union, Adebayo Samsudeen Apelogun and other executive members at the conference Hall of the Ministry in Abuja.
She maintained that the ministry would continue to partner ACOMORAN for the overall good of the sector
The minister said, ”the ministry will collaborate with the association to regulate and transform the sector positively
”We will consider the association in the disbursement of the N10bn palliative for transport sector operators.
”We will look critically to create enabling environment for manufacturing investors to site plants in Nigeria”
Saraki also commended the move by the association to sanitize the operation of commercial motorcycle riders popularly called through the Aco Ride Initiative
She promised to open her doors to the association for partnership and collaboration whenever the need arises.
Meanwhile, the National President of the ACOMORAN, Alhaji Samsudeen Apelogun has urged the federal government to help get rid of rickety motorcycles on the roads by providing soft loans for the acquisition of new motorcycles.
He noted that, despite the carelessness of some motorcycle operators which has led to lost of many lives, scrapping this means of transportation should not be considered as the way out but transforming this sector to make it more safe for the people.
Apelogun urged government to rather dedicate special lanes for commercial motorcycle riders to further enhance safety of lives instead of scraping this means of transportation that has been serving as means of livelihood to millions of Nigerians.
The number one Okada rider in the country lauded the federal government decision to provide the transport sector with N10bn survival fund to cushion the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic pleading with the Minister to ensure that the commercial motorcycle riders benefited from this kind gesture.
Apelogun said the association has also not taken lightly the fight against the spread of Covid-19 pandemic as its members did not only comply to the lockdown rules but the association has also distributed many Infrared thermometers, alcohol based sanitizers to his members alongside other health seminars geared towards combating the viral disease.
He said that the union had always enjoyed cordial relationship with the the Ministry of Transportation pleading for same favourable disposition to the efforts of the union to keep adding values to the nation’s economy.
While congratulating the Minister for being found worthy of her appointment by President Muammadu Buhari, Apelogun said “it is obvious that you have brought to bear the experience you garnered as the Chairman, Senate Committee on National Planning, Poverty Alleviation and Economic Affairs as well as an active member of the Senate Committee on Transportation since you assumed office as the Minister.
Let me assure you that as an association, we are ready to play our part in ensuring that you did not only succeed but also make an indelible impact that will stand the test of time”.