The Abia State Governor, Okezie Ikpeazu, on Tuesday lifted the ban on the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) in the state.
Ikpeazu, who disclosed this when members of the National Executive Council of the NURTW visited him the Government House, Umuahia, said the decision to lift the ban was informed by steps taken by the national leadership of the union to call its members to order.
The governor said he had accepted the apology tendered by NURTW, adding that the state government and union should be partners in progress.
Ikpeazu described the NURTW as a very important sector and mainstay of Abia economy, noting that the union was a major contributor to the growth of trade and commerce in the state.
He said the state government had enjoyed a good working relationship with the union and all transport unions in Abia.
The governor, however, added that the state government would not relent in evolving programmes and policies that would promote growth in the state’s transport sector.
Ikpeazu said: “We try to complement the efforts of the NURTW in providing services and welfare for road transport workers by investing a lot of money in road infrastructure and urban renewal.
“We also spend a lot of money in trying to maintain security, law, and order.
“We are working in synergy with the motor unions to ensure security of lives and property in the state.
“Abia is, perhaps, one of the few states that rolled out ambulances on the highways to assist road traffic accident victims.
“Our government is working to complement the efforts of the local union to ensure that motorists plying the roads do so in safety.”