Africa: Ifesinachi Boss elected Nigerian Land Transporters Association, ALBON President

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The Association of Luxury Boss Owners of Nigeria (ALBON), has elected new officials that will pilot the affairs of the association for the next four years.

In a well-attended 6th Annual General Meeting and election held in Lagos last week, the son of one of the part-finders of the business, Prince Chukwuemeka Mamah, was elected to lead a national executive committee made up of mainly Chief Executive Officers (CEOs) from various inter-city transport firms.

Mamah replaces Sir. Dan Dollar Okemuo, who held the saddle for two terms of four years each. Mamah, thereby became the second new-generation CEO to drive the association since Ekene Dili Chukwu, Chisco, Young Shall Grow, Izu Chukwu, Ifesinachi, Ekesons, G.U.O., C.N. Okoli and others, blazed the trail in the sector, in the 1960s and 1970s.

Mamah, who is CEO of Ifesinachi Industries Nigeria Limited, was elected, along with other executives members at the 6th Annual General Meeting of ALBON held at Rockview Hotel, Apapa, Lagos on Thursday.

During the keenly contested, but peaceful elections conducted by a committee headed by Chief Cyril Udoye of Young Shall Grow Motors Limited, he polled 18 votes to beat his opponent, Chief Joseph Ejiofor. Other elected officials are Chief Anthony Ekwosimba of Ekwos Association Ltd, 1st Vice President, was elected after earning 17 votes. Six votes more than his opponent, while the offspring of another first generation transporter, Nonso Ubajaka of Izu Chukwu Transport, was elected the 2nd Vice President.

Mr Frank Nneji, the Managing Director of ABC Transport Pls, who had earlier declined a nomination to vie for the post of National President , was however re-elected the association’s Secretary-General.

The out-going President, Okemuo, also made the new ALBON executive council as Treasurer, along with youthful Prince Samuel Ezeh of God Bless Ezenwata(Financial Secretary). In his post-election remarks, Mamah commended the members of the association and the trustees for giving him the opportunity to serve, and lauded his predecessor, Sir Dan Okemuo, for the competence he exhibited and achievements recorded during his tenure.

He assured the members that his administration would do his best it could to present the needs of the transporters to the relevant authorities, as well as draw the attention of the Federal Government to the numerous challenges confronting the industry. The Ifesinachi Chairman highlighted the importance of luxury bus transport firms operating very efficiently with administrative structures that will ensure that even when the founders or current managers are no longer around, the businesses will continue to thrive.

He identified some of the problems stifling the business as high duty (35 percent) on imported buses, insecurity on the highways and the poor condition of the roads which takes heavy toll on the vehicles, resulting in high maintenance costs and inability of the transporters to recover their investments.

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