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Ministry inaugurates committee on partnership with RTEAN


ABUJA – The Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Works, Mr Dauda Kigbu, on Friday inaugurated the Joint Committee on Partnership with the Road Transport Employers Association of Nigeria (RTEAN) on job creation.
Inaugurating the Joint Committee, Kigbu said the Minister of Works approved the partnership between the ministry and RTEAN as part of strategies to create jobs for youths in the country.
He said the Joint Committee was to oversee the partnership following the signing of an agreement between the ministry and the union on motor vehicle maintenance programme.
“The RTEAN requested the partnership to enable it use the ministry’s mechanical workshops nationwide for servicing of its mass transit scheme vehicles.
“After the monetisation programme of the Federal Government, most of the ministry’s automobile workshops are no longer functional, and RTEAN agreed to refurbish the workshops for its use.
“The Minister of Works graciously approved the partnership with RTEAN in order to advance the transformation agenda on transportation as well as generate jobs for unemployed youths,’’ the permanent secretary said.
He mandated members of the joint committee to draw up modalities for the smooth running of the workshops nationwide as well as monitor other benefits accruing to the parties.
He expressed confidence in the capability of the members to take decisions that would enhance the current transformation on National Road Transportation and provide jobs for the youths.
RTEAN National President, Alhaji Musa Isiwele, said the inauguration of the joint committee signified the association’s commitment to national development through effective partnerships.
Isiwele expressed the readiness of the association to sustain the partnership for the benefit of all, by generating jobs for the youths and former members of staff of the ministry.
“This inauguration marks a new chapter in our drive to continuously evolve sustainable partnership with all relevant stakeholders in the challenging task of building our great nation.
“We are requesting that all laid off mechanical engineers be recalled because this project is an opportunity for job creation and making the transport sector a key in revenue generation,” he said.
The seven-man joint committee comprising four members from RTEAN and three from the ministry, is headed by the Director, Central Workshop and Equipment Department, of the ministry, Mr Sunday Umanah. (NAN)

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