WELCOME REMARKS DELIVERED BY ALHAJI (DR) KASSIM IBRAHIM BATAIYA, 1ST VICE PRESIDENT (NATIONAL PRESIDENT, NARTO) OF THE AFRICAN UNION OF TRANSPORTATION AND LOGISTICS ORGANISATIONS (AUTLO/UATOL), DURING THE 1ST EXRA-ORDINARY MEETING OF THE ORGANISATION HELD IN ABUJA, NIGERIA FROM 16TH – 18TH JANUARY, 2019 AT FRASER SUITES CENTRAL BUSINESS DISTRICT, GARKI, ABUJA.
On behalf of the Nigerian Chapter of the African Union of Transportation and Logistics Organization (AUTLO/UATOL), I have the honour and privilege of welcoming you all, our distinguished delegates to our 1st Extra-ordinary meeting here in Abuja, Nigeria’s Federal Capital Territory.
This meeting is being organized here in fulfillment of my pledge during the inauguration of the New Executive Committee of the Union immediately after the election of the members of the Executive Board at Marrakesh, Morocco in March, 2018, where I emerged the 1st Vice President alongside other distinguished Africans ably led by Mr. Mustapha Chaoune, who was elected President.
The Nigerian Chapter comprises the Nigerian Association of Road Transport Owners (NARTO), the West African Road Transport Union (WARTU), the Association of Luxury Bus Owners of Nigeria (ALBON) and the Transportation Growth Initiative (TGL). Those pioneer members are those that attended the 1st meeting of the new Union and signed its formation charter in Marrakesh, the Kingdom of Morocco, in March, 2018. This member will likely increase when other transport and transport related agents join the chapter.
This meeting is significant for Nigeria in view of the fact that the country is the most populous in Africa, and therefore one with the highest urban mobility needs, particularly in the area of transport infrastructure and services. Traditionally, Nigeria plays a key role in the movement of goods and people within its borders and throughout the West African sub-region. However, globalization has brought about new challenges that affect trade and other social and cultural exchanges among the Nation of Africa and the world. Therefore, there is a need to explore new window, regional economic integration.
I believe AUTLO/UATOL will serve as a veritable tool towards the achievement of these goals through unifying all the transport organizations and agents under one umbrella to discuss and find solutions to our problems as well as serve as a vehicle for economic transformation through global partnerships.
The facilitation of this meeting is NARTO’s humble contribution to the emergence of a strong and virile Union that will champion the growth, development and sustenance of transportation business in Africa through advocacy for improved transportation infrastructure and
btaining entry visas to Nigeria. I wish to use this opportunity to apologize to all affected members and to assure them that in future, these challenges will be adequately addressed.
I hope our distinguished delegates will use this opportunity of coming to Nigeria to network with their counterparts in Nigeria towards growing their businesses and improving relations among their countries. I hope also, that you will enjoy your stay in our peaceful capital city.
Finally, I wish to thank the Hon. Ministers of Transportation, Federal Capital Territory, the Federal Road Safety Corps and other important organizations and agencies for honouring our invitation to come to this meeting despite the short notice given to them.
I wish Mr. President and other distinguished delegates a fruitful deliberation.
ALH. (DR) KASSIM SIBRAHIM BATAIYA
1ST VICE PRESIDENT, UATOL
(NATIONAL PRESIDENT, NARTO)