Okoro: Nigerian, elected African Railway Union President


The President General of Nigeria Union of Railway Workers (NUR), Comrade Raphael Benjamin Okoro has been elected, in Sofia, Bulgaria, to the exalted office of the President of Africa Railway Workers Union (ARWU). 

He was elected at the just concluded 43rd World Congress of the International Transport Workers Federation (ITF) which held between 10th and 16th of August, 2014..

International Transport Workers Federation was founded in 1896 as a global union federation of transport workers’ trade unions. ARWU, African Charter of ITF, is the Trade Union platform through which ITF coordinates its numerous affiliate trade unions in Africa among which is Nigeria Union of Railway Workers.

The Deputy President General of NUR, Comrade Yakubu Mohammed said the election would not only boost the country’s image at the continental level, but also enable Nigeria impact more positively, at the international terrain.

“The election of our Comrade President General to this lofty position is in recognition of his experience and exemplary leadership he has been giving at both local and international circles of trade union activities and we strongly believe that this will significantly advance the prominence of the rail transport sub-sector of the continent and that of our nation at the centre stage of the world in general”, Comrade Yakubu Mohammed, said.

Prior to Okoro’s appointment to the post of President, ARWU, he was once the Union Branch Chairman of the Eastern District of Nigerian Railway in 1982 which was the beginning of his trade union activities. He rose to the post of National Trustee in 1999. He became the President-General of the NUR in 2007 through a keenly contested election. He returned un-opposed as President General of the NUR in 2011.