Correct Speech delivered by the President at 2017 Carol – Do they know it’s really time for another Yuletide?


I have the honour, the grace of God and privilege to welcome you all to this special event in the history of our Organisation: Automobiles And Road Safety Initiative.

While conceptualizing this event; our minds flashed straight to the fact of some people who during the coming Christmas and the New Year Celebrations, they wouldn’t know it’s really time for another Yuletide.

Why? It’s because they are there lying critically injured on hospital beds as a result of involvement in Road Crashes.

What can we do as an Organisation and as individuals to lift the spirit of these victims of Road Traffic Crashes at this period of the year?

Unfortunately, there is wide-spread cry of recession permeating the land!

Notwithstanding, people must continue to move from one place to the other in their daily struggle to heck a living. Goods must also be transported.

While not seeing recession as a solution to crashes on our roads, we must as stakeholders take a critical look on how to stem the spate of road crashes in this clime and urgently do something to ameliorate the pains of those lying injured on hospital bed.

Samuel Oloyede Oriowo delivering his Opening Speech during the Caro Session

Beginning from this year however, the Board of Trustees of Automobiles And Road Safety Initiative has concluded plans to extend succor no matter how small to our compatriots involved in Road Traffic Crashes.

This is one of the Objectives of this gathering.

The other is to appreciate our Resource Persons who during burning heat of sunlight and drenching effects of torrential rainfall, they continued to identify with us and all what we stand for; by promptly attending our events.

In this respect, I wish to thank all those who have sacrificed their time and resources to contribute to making our past events huge success. Mind you, the organizations they represent are not left out of our appreciation.

Briefly, these men and women include; Prof. Samuel Iyiola Oni (Dean, Faculty of Arts, Unilag), Mr. Samuel Olunloyo (Chairman, Association of Certified Driving School Owners of Nigeria), Mr. Samuel Babatunde Akinfe (Proprietor, Steerite Driving School Nigeria Limited), Engr. Hafeez Gbolahan Toriola (Director, Lagos State Vehicle Inspection Service), Engr. Abel O. Adebayo (OPS III, Lagos State Vehicle Inspection Service), Mr. Rasak Idowu Fadipe (Director, Lagos State Fire Service), Mr. Sanwo Lawrence (Lagos State Fire Service), Mr. Odunayo Olukotun (Lagos State Fire Service), Mr. Philip Ogunlade (Director, Lagos State Drivers’ Institute), Mrs. Bola Tiamiyu (Head Corporate Affairs, Lagos State Drivers’ Institute), Mrs. B. Ayepola (Lagos State Drivers’ Institute), Mr. Lekan Otufodunrin (Online Editor of The Nation Newspapers) Dr. Emmanuel E. Ege of Department of Geography, University of Lagos, Mr. Tayo-Oyetibo (Partner at Tayo Oyitubo Chambers), Mr. Francis Famoroti, Major ROA Salawu (Rtd), Engr. Adegbesan, Mr. Mofesomo Tayo-Oyetibo of Tayo Oyetibo Law Chambers and Professor Charles Asenime of Faculty of Transport, Lagos State University; among others..

Also, we are here to appreciate the contributions of our Organisation’s Patrons.

This is the first time we are bringing all of them together in an event. This is deliberate!

The Board of Trustees wishes to let these giants know that their obligations to the NGO is not a one-off thing, but continually; morally, advisory, financially and in whatever other forms possible.

We need positive contributions at all times and the Board wants to believe that the Distinguished Patrons will wake up to their obligations of chatting good courses for it.

It is also the intention of the Board of Trustees to inaugurate today, the Parliament Of its Distinguished Patrons; which the Board believes will constantly meet to deliberate on how to move the Organisation forward.

And before you distinguished Guests and Patrons, new Grand Patrons and Patrons are to be installed today to make for a Parliament of Distinguished Patrons stocked with eminent personalities from the Nigerian Automotive Industry, who the Board believes will bless it from their divine blessings and more importantly from their experiences of life gained from diverse backgrounds.

On behalf of the Board of Trustees, here I present to you Mr. Andrew Gbodume (Managing Director of MRS Oil Nigeria Plc) and Alhaji Ahmed Barma (Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer of Transnet Haulage Services Nigeria Limited) as the new Grand Patrons, while Chief Charles Okey Udeji (Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer of Okeyson Motors Nigeria Limited) and Alhaji Muhammad A. Butu (Chairman, A A Butu & Sons Nigeria Limited) are the new Patrons.

I congratulate you gentlemen and welcome you on Board Automobiles And Road Safety Initiative. May you continue to soar higher in Jesus mighty name!

Before I conclude this speech, let me on behalf of the Board of Trustees congratulate Comrade Tayo Aboyeji for his election as the new Chairman of NUPENG, Lagos Zonal Council.

In the same vein, I congratulate Comrade Seun Adekunle who was elected recently as the Chairman of Nigerian Battery Technologists Association, Lagos State Branch. So also, is Comrade Mutiu Adeyemi who emerged elected Chairman of Nigeria National Vulcanisers Association, Lagos State Branch.

We sincerely hope we will have a good working relationship with the various Organisations during the stewardships of these great gentlemen.

Without wanting to waste more of your time, Ladies and Gentlemen, I thank the Choir of Cherubim & Seraphim Bible Ministry, Ijesatedo, Lagos State for accepting to handle the Carol Hymns for us this year.

I thank all our Distinguished Guests, the Parliament of Distinguished Patrons, the Media and everybody who have sacrificed precious time to be here to honour us today.

The presence of the Commissioner of Police, Lagos State Police Command in person of CP Edgar Imohimi and the representative of Lagos State Government, Engr. Akinola Johnson is highly appreciated; likewise all the dignitaries we cannot mention their names one after the other.

While wishing you a Merry Christmas in advance, I wish you a New Year 2018 filled with your heart desires, accidents-free and the blessings of God the Most High!

Thank you all for coming!



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Speech delivered by the President, Samuel Oloyede Oriowo at the 2017 Annual Lessons of Carol & End of the Year Party Dinner to honour stakeholders on Tuesday 12th December, 2017