By Ewere Okonta
Chief (Comrade) Dennis Nduka Araro, is presently the State chairman of National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW), Delta State.
Unfortunately, since he assumed office in November, 2019 some vested interest have vowed never to allow him and members of his union to operate optimally, thus creating tensions and problems for the smooth running of the union.
In this interview he had with our crew from Ewere Okonta Blogs (EOB) at his Agbor residence, he shared his thoughts with us, his fears, his activism and the story of his life …plus the challenges he is facing as the State chairman of NURTW and many more!
EOB: May we meet you, sir?
Dennis Araro: My name is Chief (Comrade)Dennis Nduka Araro. My father is from Agbor nta in Ika South Local Government Area of Delta State while my mother is from Mbiri in Ika North East both in Delta State.
Presently, I’m the State chairman of National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW), Delta State.
I’m also one of the leaders of PDP in my Local Government and a philanthropist.
EOB: What are your academic qualifications?
Dennis Araro: I’m a master’s degree holder in Political Science from Odumegwu Ojukwu University (formerly Anambra State University).
I obtained it in 2012.
I also hold a Bachelor’s degree (BSc) in Political Science Education from Delta State University, Abraka in 2010.
EOB: At what point did you become a licensed Motor Vehicle Driver?
Dennis Araro: I became a licensed Motor Vehicle Driver in 1984.
EOB: Sir, at what point did you become an Executive member of the Union?
Dennis Araro: I became the Secretary General of College Junction Motor Park in the year 2000.
Branch Chairman, Ika South Local Government Area in 2002.
State Public Relation Officer (PRO) of the Union, Delta Sate in 2003.
State Treasurer, NURTW, Delta State in 2005.
State Organizing Secretary, NURTW, Delta State in 2016.
Presently, State Chairman, National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW), Delta State.
EOB: Is there any crisis in your Union?
Dennis Araro: No. there is no crisis in my union. All the units, branches and chapters are solidly behind me as their union State Chairman.
EOB: Tell me the true position of things in the Delta State Branch of National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) with you as the Chairman.
Dennis Araro: Immediately after my executives and I were inaugurated in 2019, by the National President of our union, some persons vowed that am not going to assume or succeed in that office. They started a campaign of calumny against my person in order to discredit me before the Delta State government.
EOB: Who are those persons discrediting you before the government?
Dennis Araro: The major person among them is Chief Michael Diden (Ejele) the current chairman of Delta State Oil Producing Area Development Commission (DESOPADEC) in Delta State. He is sponsoring his godson Chief Francis Arhiyor to become the State chairman of our union.
Ejele was pressurizing me to step down for his godson but I refused. I refused because his godson Chief Francis Arhiyor was not a candidate in the said election that brought me to power.
Unfortunately, the State government decided to act on the information presented by my distractors by setting up Delta Sate Public Motor Park Committee, otherwise known as UP DELTA!
But they should stop disturbing the members of National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) from carrying out their legitimate functions.
EOB: React to this allegation that you bribe the National President of NURTW with the sum of forty million naira (#40,000000) to install you as the State Chairman of the union.
Dennis Araro: I do not have that kind of money. The only person that told me about bribery was Ejele, he told me personally that he has bribed some national officers of our union with over thirty million naira (#30,000000) and that he is willing to spend more to ensure that his godson emerges as the State Chairman of our union.
EOB: Can you also react to this allegation that you’re being sponsored by the opposition elements in the State who used Federal might to install you; hence the State Government is not favorable to work with you.
Dennis Araro: I’m not only a bonafide member of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), I’m also one of the leaders of the Party in my local government. The Governor of Delta State is my own brother; I can never work against him. Since I started following him in 2007 I have been loyal to him. When I met him in 2006, he was the first Politician to have used the sum of #100,000 to wedge Kola nut for me. I can never forget that kind of benevolence towards me. He treated me with respect, which I can never take for granted. Unlike where I was coming from, those ones were collecting money from me. More so, his administration has done so well, especially in the area of road construction of which my members are the major beneficiaries of these road projects.
I, Dennis Araro, can never join forces with any other political party to fight against my own brother. Except, the Governor himself decides to move to another party, I and my teeming supporters will also move with him. He has my support at all times.
EOB: Again, there is this allegation that Dennis Araro, is a violent person, for that the State Government is not favourable to his aspiration as the State Chairman of National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW).
Is Dennis Araro a violent man?
Dennis Araro: I’m not a violent man. I am a very peaceful person. You see, these are part of the campaign of calumny that they have launched against my person in order to discredit me.
I cannot even hurt a fly. I don’t want play into the hands of my distracters, because that have been their game plans to provoke and intimidate me and my members thinking that we will resort to violence. But they have failed. I have told my members to ‘CALM DOWN’ for we shall not resort to violence. We are peace loving people.
EOB: Then, who is afraid of Dennis Araro?
Dennis Araro: I don’t know.
EOB: What is the way forward to bring about a lasting solution?
Dennis Araro: I’m appealing to my brother, my leader and the Executive Governor of Delta State, His Excellency, Senator Dr. Ifeanyi Arthur Okowa, to intervene on this matter. He should call everybody to a round table discussion and hear from all sides. I know that he is a man of justices, equity and fair play. On our own part, we are ready to sustain the peace because we are peace loving organization.
EOB: Tell me your major achievement as a union leader?
Dennis Araro: My major achievement is in the area of rebranding and re-orienting the members of my union. Today, majority of our members are graduates and under graduates. The members of my union are now more responsible and respectable members of the society. I was able to create an enabling and favourable environment for them to operate, many of them have travelled to Oversea, and some are now landlords and car owners. Because of their new orientations, they have now embraced peace as a useful means of resolving industrial disputes.
EOB: Is nice having this interview session with you.
Dennis Araro: God bless you my brother, Ewere Okonta. I have been following your activities online. Keep on with the good work. God will reward you for giving people like us a platform to air our views.
Chief (Comrade) Dennis Nduka Araro