Thursday, May 02, 2019


Being a text of the Goodwill Message to Ogun State Motorcycle Operators And Ogun State Workers' on Workers’ Day, 2019, by Comrade Prince Azeez Rasheed, Chairman, ANACOWA Motorcycle Owners And Riders Association Of Nigeria, Ogun State Chapter. 

The Ogun State Chapter of ANACOWA Motorcycle Owners And Riders Association Of Nigeria joins all the entire Ogun state workforce, great men and women to celebrate this year 2019 Workers'Day.

We use this occasion to reach out to all stakeholders, the pensioners, all TUC affiliates such as:

★Academic Staff Union of Secondary School (ASUSS), 

★Tricycle Owners Association of Nigeria (TOAN), 

★Union of Tippers Quarry Employers of Nigeria (UTQEN), 

★Senior Staff Association of Statutory Corporation and Government Owned Companies (SSASCGOC), 

★Precision Electrical And Related Equipment Senior Staff Association (PERESSA), 

★Association of Senior Civil Servants of Nigeria (ASCSN), 

★Senior Staff Association of Universities' Teaching Hospitals Research Institutes and Associated Institutions (SSAUTHRIAI), and others, with a pledge to work with them harmoniously and create peaceful coexistence among other goodwill.

First and foremost, I would like to seize this great occasion to once again felicitates with our Governor-Elect, Prince Dapo Abiodun, MFR, on his victory at the poll. We want to assured you that ANACOWA will be peaceful, and support your administration to achieve the plans for better Ogun state of our dream as it enshrined in the title of your campaign motto, "Igbega Ipinle Ogun, Ajose wa ni".

Your Excellency sir, the Governor-elect, Prince Dapo Abiodun, MFR, this celebration supposedly to have taken place at the stadium, organized and supervised by the state government, but, we don't want to be part of the inglorious end of the outgoing administration. Celebrating today's occasion at the presence of an administration that is not friendly with Ogun Workers, ill-inclined, ill-disposed, hostile, inimical, adverse and antagonistic to the rule of law and human dignity is tantamount to celebration of impunity on moral sensibilities of our people, and injurious to reputation of the union. So, therefore, our organization, ANACOWA, don't want to be part of the shameless, disgraceful and cantankerous end of an era.

Your Excellency sir, this day is an opportunity for celebration and stock-taking. Pursuant to this, our reflections on the year 2019 workers day are both positive and negative. It is positive because our prayer has been granted with your election as the next governor of Ogun State despite all evil machinations of the enemies, and it is negative because a lot of minds and souls has been injured during the 8 years reign of this outgoing government. 

Excellency, the Governor-elect sir, ANACOWA Motorcycle Owners and Riders Association was formed, incorporated under the act of Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC) on May 23rd , 2008, and is an affiliate of Trade Union Congress (TUC).

Ever since the proper registration was done, the association has kept growing in leaps and bounds and it later become the envy of other Union Association concerning Motorcycle within Ogun State. 

The outgoing government of Senator Ibikunle Amosun decided to go other way round to denied our Union the right to be part of the motorcycle unions in the state based on the reason best known to him despite the court order and judgement.

(All legal documents and facts relating to the matters will be avail at the appropriate time).

In deeper conspiracy, the State Government later form a body-AMORAN (Accredited Motorcycle Owners and Riders Association) at the detriment of ANACOWA. We objected vehemently to this draconic order and sadistic proclamation.

Our Aims, Objectives, And structural Plans

★The government cannot do everything for the people, we should encourage private bodies, individual philanthropists and organizations to create an empowerment scheme for the citizens, most especially for the women and youths by complimenting the state government empowerment programmes".

★ANACOWA will develop and support comprehensive programs to help raise awareness about key women issues, create blended learning programs that help educate women in the state and expose talented women to help motivate others. Our scheme will also help young people in the state to be better prepared for their future by developing them in the areas of entrepreneurship, innovation and 21st century skills".

★We need to reshape and restructure our system from the old ways of wastage of IGR of the union on frivolous and needless extravagances. We're in 21st century where things are changing. Our impacts should be felt by the society. Invest in small businesses owned by women all over the world, small business owners are challenged with raising capital.

★Affordable price of motorcycle for empowerment purposes, swift and proper maintenance measures will be created for our Union members at friendly prices.

★Prompt response to the injured victims of road accident, occasioned by our members activities while on duties.

★Insurance scheme will be initiated for our members in case of death issues that might arise while on duty, ensuring that they do not die in vain.

★To frequently organize Seminars and Symposium to further expose our members to safety measures, orientate them in term of work ethics, and professional expertise towards safety, discipline and high sense of responsibility in their discharge of their activities and to further make them law abiding citizens.

★To eradicate poverty, illiteracy and other negative feelings in the society, capable of making someone imbalance in thoughts.

Our Demand And Appeal

In conclusion, having shown full-fledged support to the electioneering campaign of the Governor-elect, believing in you and your yet-to-be-formed administration, we wish you remarkable and productive tenure with massive accomplishments with hope for continuity beyond this tenure.

We have made our true representation of the struggle so far, akin to yours, with your eventual emergence as the standard flag bearer and the overwhelming and convincing victory at the polls, we believe there is always light at the end of the tunnel.

With our well-spelt out aims and objectives cum our structural plans for the state, we hereby call on the Governor-elect, H.E Prince Dapo Abiodun, MFR, to empower us with the power needed to carry out these laudable programmes in a more efficient and effective way as it will form part of the successful strides, even to the Governor's tenure.

Therefore, we would use this opportunity to appeal to the Excellency sir, to do the needful by given us autonomy when you will eventually inaugurated and assume office as the Governor of Ogun State come 29th May. We hereby anticipate for this privilege to be given and vested on us. 

We also want to reiterate our resolve to continue to push for the prioritization of the welfare and wellbeing of all Okada Operators especially members of ANACOWA Motorcycle Owners And Riders Association Of Nigeria.

Once again, we wish you all a happy Workers' Day.

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