A former National Executive Secretary of the Nigerian Association of Road Transport Owners (NARTO), Barrister Enoch Kanawa has given reasons why he wants to lead the association.

According to his manifesto, made available to Transport Day, Kanawa, who served as National Executive Secretary from 1997 to 2009, promises to aggressively tackle challenges like extortion, delays, congestion, predicaments of haulage drivers and inaccessibility to Lagos Ports by container trucks.

According to him, “through a careful study, we will examine the entire dry cargo transportation in such a way to guarantee conductive operations for profitability and the good of the national economy,”.

Kanawa who is also a member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, added that he intends to explore a suitable model of road concession, like Build Own Operate and Transfer {BOOT}, Public Private Partnership {PPP}, Build Operate and Transfer {BOT}, and Landlord Tenant Relationship.

He also revealed that “In conjunction with the Nigeria Police, we will set up NARTO highway patrol and monitoring team to check the activities of truck hijacking, reckless driving, general insecurity on our highways for the benefit of members.”

He also intends to pursue policies that will facilitate waiver of duties for the importation of trucks spare parts, tyres and other vehicle accessories for members.

As National Executive Secretary of NARTO, the lawyer and transporter assisted in positioning NARTO as a national road transport body, enhancing its relevance to relevant agencies such as Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, (NNPC)/Pipelines and Product Marketing Company (PPMC) and Federal Roads Maintenance Agency (FERMA).

Others are Petroleum Products Pricing Regulatory Agency {PPPRA}; the Petroleum Equalisation Fund (PEF); the Nigeria Police Force; Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC); Nigeria Ports Authority; Nigerian Association of Chambers of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture (NACCIMA); Nigeria Employers’ Consultative Association (NECA), and others.

Kanawa obtained a bachelor’s degree in Civil Law from the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria in 1990, and is currently a Director Government and Public Affairs in MRS Oil and Gas Company Limited.

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