IT was one aspect in his life that was not known to a lot of Nigerians. But on Thursday, July 30, Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti State revealed to the generality of Nigerians that he was once a ‘danfo driver.’ Speaking to on Thursday during the swearing-in of the new state executive of the Road Transport Employers Association of Nigeria, RTEAN, in Ado Ekiti, the governor appealed to the drivers to be orderly and not to be desperate.
He said: “I was once a driver like you. I used the money I got from driving to sponsor myself for HND at Ibadan Polytechnic, but I did not get desperate. All I’m saying is that being a driver you can make it in life. You will become what you want to become in life with hard work. Don’t join evil gang for you to get rich overnight, try and rise through the ladder like we did.”
Governor Fayose also warned members of the union not to allow themselves to be used by kidnappers to perpetrate evil. He cautioned drivers against reckless driving, reminding them of the ‘don’t drink and drive’ rule, warning: “Though I am part of you, if you breach the law, I won’t save or spare you. You will be arrested and prosecuted by the security agents.”
The governor, who recalled that he united the two unions — RTEAN and National Union of Road and Transport Workers — during his first term, said the occasion was a sign that good things were coming to Ekiti.
“We should emulate this kind of occasion. This is very good. We will always identify with this kind of achievements. You are doing a good job for this country. I don’t want to be the enemies of drivers, I want to be your friend.”
He also thanked the unions for standing by him during the failed impeachment plot against him by the former 19 All Progressives Congress lawmakers.
— Aug 10, 2015 @ 01:00 GMT