By Bennett Oghifo
The Association of Luxury Bus Owners of Nigeria (ALBON), the Association of Mass Transit Operators of Nigeria (AMTO), the Benin Transport Owners Association (BTOA) and other inter-state road passenger transporters nationwide are to merge into one strong formidable Association for all the Inter-state Bus Owners/Operators in Nigeria within the next 60 days.
For this reason, all inter-state road passenger transporters nationwide are to be invited to the next meeting of ALBON & AMTO Coalition with a view to fussing all the various inter-state passenger transporters/associations.
This is contained in a communiqué issued at the end of the inaugural conference of ALBON & AMTO Coalition on the Nigerian Economy and Road Passenger Transport at Lagos Airport Hotel, Ikeja on 22nd June 2017.
The conference deliberated extensively on major common challenges facing all inter-state road passenger bus owners/operators in Nigeria, as well as the urgent and compelling need for all inter-state bus owners/operators nationwide to come together as one unifying body to develop strategies to tackle the challenges.
The communiqué, signed by Sir Dan Okemuo ALBON Representative; Chief Greg Inyaba, AMTO Representative; and Engr. Isaac Uhunmwagho, BTOA Representative stated that Inter-state Road Passenger Transporters nationwide have common challenges that require concerted efforts of all the inter-state bus owners/operators in Nigeria to resolve.
The forum said that a Steering Committee involving all the inter-state road passenger associations in the country should be set up immediately to commence the urgent work of fussing all the inter-state bus owners/operators together in Nigeria.
That the Coalition, as well as the proposed new Association should retain the services of a suitable member of the Chartered Institute of Logistics of Nigeria (CILT) as a Consultant with immediate effect.