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  •  Some residents of Keffi Local Government Area of Nasarawa State have expressed delight with the dualisation of two roads by the Gov Abdullahi Sule administration within the metropolis A cross section of residents spoke to members of the Nigeria Union of Journalists NUJ who were in Keffi on Sunday in continuation of a state wide tour to inspect projects executed by the state government They noted that the commencement of work on the dualisation of the roads had brought great relief to the people of the area and would go a long way to decongest traffic as well as open up the town The township roads being dualised are 1 3 kilometres Federal Medical Centre Keffi FMC roundabout to Total Filling Station and the 1 2 kilometres from FMC roundabout to Emir s Palace Malam Mohammed Shaibu State Trustee of the National Union of Road Transport Workers NURTW commended the governor for gesture describing it as legacy project He said that the governor had proven to be a man with true vision to transform the state and bring it at par with advanced states in terms of infrastructural development for the benefit of the people He said the expansion of the road was significant and would boost economic activities address the problem of traffic jam as well as reduce the rate of road crashes in the town Also Iyal Hassan a commercial driver described the project as a welcome development and thanked the governor for prioritising the interest of the people through projects with direct bearing on their lives Mrs Rosemary Joseph a pretty trader said the dualisation of the roads and execution of other projects by the governor in the area was a dream come true for residents of Keffi The narrow roads in the town had caused a lot of avoidable crashes where unfortunately a lot of people had lost their lives over the years I am optimistic that the rate of crashes would reduce and we will record a lot of progress in Keffi when the work is completed she added Eng Sadique Sani of Centre Field Engineering Ltd the firm handling the projects said work had reached 80 per cent on the two projects He promised that the company would deliver quality job on the project within the stipulated 13 months He therefore appealed for continued support from the people in order to deliver on the job On his part Muhammad Baba Shehu Chairman Keffi LGA appreciated the governor for executing landmarks projects in the area The Keffi Council boss listed some of the projects to include construction of Antau bridge linking major parts of the town to FMC Keffi Neighbourhood market Keffi Square with a modern museum construction and renovation schools and Primary Healthcare Centres NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Dualisation of Keffi township roads excites residents
     Some residents of Keffi Local Government Area of Nasarawa State have expressed delight with the dualisation of two roads by the Gov Abdullahi Sule administration within the metropolis A cross section of residents spoke to members of the Nigeria Union of Journalists NUJ who were in Keffi on Sunday in continuation of a state wide tour to inspect projects executed by the state government They noted that the commencement of work on the dualisation of the roads had brought great relief to the people of the area and would go a long way to decongest traffic as well as open up the town The township roads being dualised are 1 3 kilometres Federal Medical Centre Keffi FMC roundabout to Total Filling Station and the 1 2 kilometres from FMC roundabout to Emir s Palace Malam Mohammed Shaibu State Trustee of the National Union of Road Transport Workers NURTW commended the governor for gesture describing it as legacy project He said that the governor had proven to be a man with true vision to transform the state and bring it at par with advanced states in terms of infrastructural development for the benefit of the people He said the expansion of the road was significant and would boost economic activities address the problem of traffic jam as well as reduce the rate of road crashes in the town Also Iyal Hassan a commercial driver described the project as a welcome development and thanked the governor for prioritising the interest of the people through projects with direct bearing on their lives Mrs Rosemary Joseph a pretty trader said the dualisation of the roads and execution of other projects by the governor in the area was a dream come true for residents of Keffi The narrow roads in the town had caused a lot of avoidable crashes where unfortunately a lot of people had lost their lives over the years I am optimistic that the rate of crashes would reduce and we will record a lot of progress in Keffi when the work is completed she added Eng Sadique Sani of Centre Field Engineering Ltd the firm handling the projects said work had reached 80 per cent on the two projects He promised that the company would deliver quality job on the project within the stipulated 13 months He therefore appealed for continued support from the people in order to deliver on the job On his part Muhammad Baba Shehu Chairman Keffi LGA appreciated the governor for executing landmarks projects in the area The Keffi Council boss listed some of the projects to include construction of Antau bridge linking major parts of the town to FMC Keffi Neighbourhood market Keffi Square with a modern museum construction and renovation schools and Primary Healthcare Centres NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Dualisation of Keffi township roads excites residents
    General news2 weeks ago

    Dualisation of Keffi township roads excites residents

    Some residents of Keffi Local Government Area of  Nasarawa State have expressed delight with the dualisation of two roads by the Gov. Abdullahi Sule administration within the metropolis.

    A cross section of residents spoke to members of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), who were in Keffi on Sunday in continuation  of a state-wide tour to inspect projects executed by the state government.

    They noted that the commencement of work on the dualisation of the roads had brought great relief to the people of the area and would go a long way to decongest traffic as well as open up the town.

    The township roads being dualised are 1.3 kilometres Federal Medical Centre Keffi (FMC) roundabout to Total Filling Station and  the 1.2 kilometres from FMC roundabout to Emir’s Palace.

    Malam Mohammed Shaibu, State Trustee of the  National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW), commended the governor for gesture describing it as legacy project.

    He said  that the governor had proven to be a man with true vision to transform the state and bring it at par with advanced states in terms of infrastructural development for the benefit of the people.

    He said the expansion of the road was significant and would boost economic activities, address the problem of traffic jam as well as reduce the rate of road crashes in the town.

    Also, Iyal Hassan, a commercial driver, described the project as a welcome development and thanked the  governor for prioritising the interest of the people through projects with direct bearing on their lives.

    Mrs Rosemary Joseph, a pretty trader said the dualisation of the roads and execution of other projects by the governor in the area was a dream come true for residents of Keffi.

    “The narrow roads in the town had caused a lot of avoidable crashes, where unfortunately a lot of people had lost their lives over the years.

    “I am optimistic that the rate of  crashes would reduce and we will record a lot of progress in Keffi when the work is completed,” she added.

    Eng. Sadique Sani of Centre Field Engineering Ltd, the firm handling the projects, said work had reached 80 per cent on the two projects.

    He promised that the company  would deliver quality job on the project within the stipulated 13 months.

    He, therefore, appealed for continued support from the people in order to deliver on the job.

    On his part, Muhammad Baba-Shehu, Chairman, Keffi LGA appreciated  the governor for executing landmarks projects in the area.

    The Keffi Council boss listed some of the projects to include construction of Antau bridge linking major parts of the town to FMC,  Keffi Neighbourhood market, Keffi Square with a modern museum, construction and  renovation  schools and Primary Healthcare Centres.

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  •  NAN The National Union of Road Transport Workers NURTW has commended the plan by the Federal Ministry of Transportation for a mass transit scheme that will provide new vehicles for commercial drivers in the country The National President of the union Mr Tajudeen Ibikunle Baruwa who led some national officers of the union on a courtesy visit to the Minister of State for Transportation Prince Ademola Adegoroye in Abuja said the scheme was long overdue and a welcome development This is contained in a statement on Saturday in Akure by Mr Ebenezer Adeniyan the Special Assistant on Media and Publicity to the minister The ministry had set up a committee to work towards the implementation of a proposed special scheme for mass transit to be driven by transport operators for ease of road transportation across the country Baruwa who said commercial drivers across the country heaved a sigh of relief when the news of the proposed scheme filtered added that the union would partner with the Federal Government to ensure the actualisation of the scheme The union leader disclosed that the last time commercial drivers in the country enjoyed a sustainable mass transit scheme was in 1992 during the regime of Gen Ibrahim Babaginda saying attempts by successive administrations on mass transit schemes failed Baruwa therefore urged the minister to get the leadership of the transport union involved in the process as the drivers would be able to guide the government on the implementation of the scheme especially on the choice of vehicles suitable for Nigerian roads He said commercial drivers no longer had the capacity to buy new vehicles while vehicle dealers who could give vehicles out on hire purchase to drivers were no longer in business He added that the scheme if implemented would stop drivers from using dilapidated vehicles for commercial transportation The NURTW president who commended the leadership style of Adegoroye since he assumed duties in the ministry hailed President Muhammadu Buhari s efforts towards improving land rail and water transportation in the country Responding Adegoroye commended the union for its readiness to partner with the ministry on the proposed mass transit scheme saying it would be revolving and that other stakeholders such as banks and insurance companies would be involved The minister added that the committee in charge had been given the mandate to seek inputs of transport unions and other stakeholders in the implementation of the scheme Adegoroye expressed worry over the condition of most of the vehicles used for commercial transportation in the country He said the scheme was aimed at phasing out rickety vehicles from Nigerian roads and providing enabling environment for transportation to safeguard the lives of commuters He lauded the leadership of the union for maintaining strong and disciplined followership and urged the union to train its members on the dangers of alcohol drinking and drug abuse currently rampant at many motor parks across the country I commend your leadership but I think there is the need for commercial driving to be professionalised Commercial driving should not be an all comers affair Someone should not just learn driving and then put a vehicle on the road and start commercial transportation There should be special training for commercial drivers and there should be stringent conditions to be met by someone before becoming a commercial driver You also need to curb individual recklessness by training your members against drunk driving and drug abuse Alcohol should not be sold in motor parks and any driver who needs to take medications to relax should do so when he is not going to drive We need to stop putting the lives of our people in danger Adegoroye warned NAN NewsSourceCredit NAN
    NURTW lauds FG’s proposed mass transit scheme
     NAN The National Union of Road Transport Workers NURTW has commended the plan by the Federal Ministry of Transportation for a mass transit scheme that will provide new vehicles for commercial drivers in the country The National President of the union Mr Tajudeen Ibikunle Baruwa who led some national officers of the union on a courtesy visit to the Minister of State for Transportation Prince Ademola Adegoroye in Abuja said the scheme was long overdue and a welcome development This is contained in a statement on Saturday in Akure by Mr Ebenezer Adeniyan the Special Assistant on Media and Publicity to the minister The ministry had set up a committee to work towards the implementation of a proposed special scheme for mass transit to be driven by transport operators for ease of road transportation across the country Baruwa who said commercial drivers across the country heaved a sigh of relief when the news of the proposed scheme filtered added that the union would partner with the Federal Government to ensure the actualisation of the scheme The union leader disclosed that the last time commercial drivers in the country enjoyed a sustainable mass transit scheme was in 1992 during the regime of Gen Ibrahim Babaginda saying attempts by successive administrations on mass transit schemes failed Baruwa therefore urged the minister to get the leadership of the transport union involved in the process as the drivers would be able to guide the government on the implementation of the scheme especially on the choice of vehicles suitable for Nigerian roads He said commercial drivers no longer had the capacity to buy new vehicles while vehicle dealers who could give vehicles out on hire purchase to drivers were no longer in business He added that the scheme if implemented would stop drivers from using dilapidated vehicles for commercial transportation The NURTW president who commended the leadership style of Adegoroye since he assumed duties in the ministry hailed President Muhammadu Buhari s efforts towards improving land rail and water transportation in the country Responding Adegoroye commended the union for its readiness to partner with the ministry on the proposed mass transit scheme saying it would be revolving and that other stakeholders such as banks and insurance companies would be involved The minister added that the committee in charge had been given the mandate to seek inputs of transport unions and other stakeholders in the implementation of the scheme Adegoroye expressed worry over the condition of most of the vehicles used for commercial transportation in the country He said the scheme was aimed at phasing out rickety vehicles from Nigerian roads and providing enabling environment for transportation to safeguard the lives of commuters He lauded the leadership of the union for maintaining strong and disciplined followership and urged the union to train its members on the dangers of alcohol drinking and drug abuse currently rampant at many motor parks across the country I commend your leadership but I think there is the need for commercial driving to be professionalised Commercial driving should not be an all comers affair Someone should not just learn driving and then put a vehicle on the road and start commercial transportation There should be special training for commercial drivers and there should be stringent conditions to be met by someone before becoming a commercial driver You also need to curb individual recklessness by training your members against drunk driving and drug abuse Alcohol should not be sold in motor parks and any driver who needs to take medications to relax should do so when he is not going to drive We need to stop putting the lives of our people in danger Adegoroye warned NAN NewsSourceCredit NAN
    NURTW lauds FG’s proposed mass transit scheme
    General news3 weeks ago

    NURTW lauds FG’s proposed mass transit scheme

    NAN) The National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) has commended the plan by the Federal Ministry of Transportation for a mass transit scheme that will provide new vehicles for commercial drivers in the country.

    The National President of the union, Mr Tajudeen Ibikunle Baruwa, who led some national officers of the union on a courtesy visit to the Minister of State for Transportation,  Prince Ademola Adegoroye in Abuja, said the scheme was  long overdue and a welcome development.

    This is contained in a statement on Saturday in Akure by Mr Ebenezer Adeniyan, the Special Assistant on Media and Publicity to the minister.

    The ministry had  set up a committee to work towards the implementation of a proposed special scheme for mass transit to be driven by transport operators for ease of road transportation across the country.

    Baruwa, who said commercial drivers across the country heaved a sigh of relief when the news of the proposed scheme filtered, added that the union would partner with the Federal Government to ensure the actualisation of the scheme.

    The union leader disclosed that the last time commercial  drivers in the country enjoyed a sustainable mass transit scheme was in 1992 during the regime of Gen. Ibrahim Babaginda, saying attempts by successive administrations on mass transit schemes failed.

    Baruwa, therefore, urged the minister to get the leadership of the transport union involved in the process as the drivers would  be able to guide the government on the implementation of the scheme, especially on the choice of vehicles suitable for Nigerian roads.

    He said commercial drivers no longer had the capacity to buy new vehicles while vehicle dealers, who could give vehicles out on ‘hire purchase’ to drivers, were no longer in business.

    He added that the scheme, if implemented, would stop drivers from using dilapidated vehicles for commercial transportation.

    The NURTW president, who commended the leadership style of Adegoroye since he assumed duties in the ministry, hailed President Muhammadu Buhari’s efforts towards improving land, rail and water transportation in the country.

    Responding, Adegoroye commended the union for its readiness to partner with the ministry  on the proposed mass transit scheme, saying it would be revolving and that other stakeholders such as banks and insurance companies would  be involved.

    The minister added that the committee in charge had been given the mandate to seek  inputs of transport unions and other stakeholders in the implementation of the scheme.

    Adegoroye expressed worry over the condition of most of the vehicles used for commercial transportation in the country.

    He said the scheme was aimed at phasing out rickety vehicles from Nigerian roads and providing enabling environment for transportation to safeguard the lives of commuters.

    He lauded the leadership of the union for maintaining strong and disciplined followership and urged the union to train its members on the dangers of alcohol drinking and drug abuse currently rampant at many motor parks across the country.

    “I commend your leadership but I think there is the need for commercial driving to be professionalised.

    “Commercial  driving should not be an all comers affair.

    Someone should not just learn driving and then put a vehicle on the road and start commercial transportation.

    “There should be special training for commercial drivers and there should be stringent conditions to be met by someone before becoming a commercial driver.

    “You also need to curb individual recklessness by training your members against drunk-driving and drug abuse.

    “Alcohol should not be sold in motor parks and any driver who needs to take medications to relax should do so when he is not going to drive.

    We need to stop putting the lives of our people in danger,” Adegoroye warned.

    ( NAN)
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  •  The leadership of the National Union of Road Transport Workers NURTW in Kaduna said it had intensified security checks at motor parks within the metropolis to ensure safety of lives and property of passengers Mr Sunday Danlami Secretary of NURTW Sabo Unit disclosed this on Monday while speaking with the News Agency of Nigeria in Kaduna Danlami said the effort was necessitated to curb crimes like kidnapping and other related criminality associated with the transport business He said part of the measures included verification of registered members security surveillance at the parks routine check of vehicles and ensuring passengers manifest form was filled by passengers We know our registered members as such it is easy to indentify strange faces at the respective parks while verification of new members is also taken seriously We also caution our drivers to always ensure that passengers filled the manifest form by themselves before take off for any journey Danlami added The Official also noted that other agencies including Federal Road Safety Corps FRSC Kaduna State Traffic Law Enforcement Authority KASTLEA and the Police visited parks within the metropolis to sensitise members to road safety nuggets Danlami said part of the challenges the union witnessed included failure of some drivers to renew their licences and ensure their vehicles were in good shape operation of illegal motor parks and impatience of some drivers who would not wait for their vehicles to get filled at the parks before take off Drivers complain about constinued harassment by Government Officials in transport business but fail to on their part do the needful he said He cautioned passengers to always patronise genuine motor parks and desist from boarding vehicles on the road side He added chances of falling victim of being robbed or kidnapped are high when you enter road side vehicles NewsSourceCredit NAN
    NURTW tightens security at motor parks in Kaduna
     The leadership of the National Union of Road Transport Workers NURTW in Kaduna said it had intensified security checks at motor parks within the metropolis to ensure safety of lives and property of passengers Mr Sunday Danlami Secretary of NURTW Sabo Unit disclosed this on Monday while speaking with the News Agency of Nigeria in Kaduna Danlami said the effort was necessitated to curb crimes like kidnapping and other related criminality associated with the transport business He said part of the measures included verification of registered members security surveillance at the parks routine check of vehicles and ensuring passengers manifest form was filled by passengers We know our registered members as such it is easy to indentify strange faces at the respective parks while verification of new members is also taken seriously We also caution our drivers to always ensure that passengers filled the manifest form by themselves before take off for any journey Danlami added The Official also noted that other agencies including Federal Road Safety Corps FRSC Kaduna State Traffic Law Enforcement Authority KASTLEA and the Police visited parks within the metropolis to sensitise members to road safety nuggets Danlami said part of the challenges the union witnessed included failure of some drivers to renew their licences and ensure their vehicles were in good shape operation of illegal motor parks and impatience of some drivers who would not wait for their vehicles to get filled at the parks before take off Drivers complain about constinued harassment by Government Officials in transport business but fail to on their part do the needful he said He cautioned passengers to always patronise genuine motor parks and desist from boarding vehicles on the road side He added chances of falling victim of being robbed or kidnapped are high when you enter road side vehicles NewsSourceCredit NAN
    NURTW tightens security at motor parks in Kaduna
    General news1 month ago

    NURTW tightens security at motor parks in Kaduna

    The leadership of the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) in Kaduna said it had intensified security checks at motor parks within the metropolis to ensure safety of lives and property of passengers.  

    Mr Sunday Danlami, Secretary of NURTW, Sabo Unit, disclosed this on Monday while speaking with the News Agency of Nigeria in Kaduna.  

    Danlami said the effort was necessitated to curb crimes like kidnapping and other related criminality associated with the transport business.  

    He said part of the measures included verification of registered members, security surveillance at the parks, routine check of vehicles and ensuring passengers’ manifest form was filled by passengers.  

    “We know our registered members as such, it is easy to indentify strange faces at the respective parks while verification of new members is also taken seriously.  

    “We also caution our drivers to always ensure that passengers filled the manifest form by themselves before take- off for any journey,” Danlami added.  

    The Official also noted that other agencies, including Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), Kaduna State Traffic Law Enforcement Authority (KASTLEA) and the Police visited parks within the metropolis to sensitise members to road safety nuggets.

    Danlami said part of the challenges the union witnessed included failure of some drivers to renew their licences and ensure their vehicles were in good shape, operation of illegal motor parks and impatience of some drivers who would not wait for their vehicles to get filled at the parks before take-off.

    “Drivers complain about constinued harassment by Government Officials in transport business but fail to, on their part, do the needful,” he said.

    He cautioned passengers to always patronise genuine motor parks and desist from boarding vehicles on the road side.

    He added, “chances of falling victim of being robbed or kidnapped are high when you enter road side vehicles.


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  •  The Osun Police Command on Wednesday said it arrested seven suspects for allegedly attacking one Omoniyi Femi the Vice Chairman of the National Union of Road Transport Workers NURTW Gbongan Branch The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Gbongan is in Aiyedaade Local Government Area of Osun In a statement by SP Yemisi Opalola she said the victim reported at the police station on Tuesday that he was attacked with matchets by some thugs in a bid to take over his motor park On Tuesday at about 1 45p m one Omoniyi Femi of Ajidegbo Gbongan Area the Vice Chairman of NURTW Gbongan Branch 2 reported at the Gbongan Divisional Police Headquarters that at about 11 30am of same date he was attacked and assaulted by a group of thugs led by One Nurudeen Sule a k a Biggy He said as a results of the attack he sustained deep cut on his head through machetes cut and other dangerous weapons used on him by the suspects in an attempt to take over his branch NURTW office Upon the receipt of this report the Police Divisional Officer swiftly led some men together with the Police Response Unit PRU Operatives to the crime scene and the hideout of the assailants Seven male suspects including their ring leader called Nurudeen Sule a k a Biggy were arrested and one short cutlass suspectedly used to perpetrate the act was also recovered from them The victim was later taken to our Lady Catholic Hospital Ipetumodu for medical treatment Opalola however said all the arrested suspects had been handed over to the PRU office in Osogbo for discreet investigation She said further development on the matter would be communicated later NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Osun: Police arrest 7 suspects for allegedly attacking NURTW official
     The Osun Police Command on Wednesday said it arrested seven suspects for allegedly attacking one Omoniyi Femi the Vice Chairman of the National Union of Road Transport Workers NURTW Gbongan Branch The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Gbongan is in Aiyedaade Local Government Area of Osun In a statement by SP Yemisi Opalola she said the victim reported at the police station on Tuesday that he was attacked with matchets by some thugs in a bid to take over his motor park On Tuesday at about 1 45p m one Omoniyi Femi of Ajidegbo Gbongan Area the Vice Chairman of NURTW Gbongan Branch 2 reported at the Gbongan Divisional Police Headquarters that at about 11 30am of same date he was attacked and assaulted by a group of thugs led by One Nurudeen Sule a k a Biggy He said as a results of the attack he sustained deep cut on his head through machetes cut and other dangerous weapons used on him by the suspects in an attempt to take over his branch NURTW office Upon the receipt of this report the Police Divisional Officer swiftly led some men together with the Police Response Unit PRU Operatives to the crime scene and the hideout of the assailants Seven male suspects including their ring leader called Nurudeen Sule a k a Biggy were arrested and one short cutlass suspectedly used to perpetrate the act was also recovered from them The victim was later taken to our Lady Catholic Hospital Ipetumodu for medical treatment Opalola however said all the arrested suspects had been handed over to the PRU office in Osogbo for discreet investigation She said further development on the matter would be communicated later NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Osun: Police arrest 7 suspects for allegedly attacking NURTW official
    Defence/Security1 month ago

    Osun: Police arrest 7 suspects for allegedly attacking NURTW official

    The Osun Police Command on Wednesday said it arrested seven suspects for allegedly attacking one Omoniyi Femi, the Vice Chairman of the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW), Gbongan Branch.  

    The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Gbongan is in Aiyedaade Local Government Area of Osun.   In a statement by SP Yemisi Opalola, she said the victim reported at the police station on Tuesday, that he was attacked with matchets by some thugs in a bid to take over his motor park.  

    “On Tuesday, at about 1:45p.

    m, one Omoniyi Femi of Ajidegbo Gbongan Area, the Vice Chairman of NURTW Gbongan Branch 2, reported at the Gbongan Divisional Police Headquarters, that, at about 11:30am of same date, he was attacked and assaulted by a group of thugs led by One Nurudeen Sule a.

    k.a  Biggy.

    ”   “He said as a results of the attack, he sustained deep cut on his head, through machetes cut and other dangerous weapons used on him by the suspects, in an attempt to take over his branch NURTW office.  

    “Upon the receipt of this report, the Police Divisional Officer swiftly led some men together with the Police Response Unit (PRU) Operatives to the crime scene and the hideout of the assailants.  

    “Seven male suspects, including their ring leader called Nurudeen Sule a.

    k.a. Biggy were arrested and one short cutlass suspectedly used to perpetrate the act was also recovered from them.  

    “The victim was later taken to our Lady Catholic Hospital Ipetumodu for medical treatment.

    ”   Opalola, however, said all the arrested suspects had been handed over to the PRU office in Osogbo for discreet investigation.  

    She said further development on the matter would be communicated later
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  •   Osun Police Command on Sunday said it had arrested eight suspects in connection with the kidnap of the Branch Bhairman of the National Union of Road Transport Workers NURTW in Apomu Alhaji Ali Kazeem a k a Kekere Kazuma The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Apomu is located in Isokan Local Government Area of Osun According to SP Yemisi Opalola Osun Police spokesperson Kazeem was allegedly abducted on Saturday and taken into the bush after he was trailed from his motor park to Oke Afa Area in Apomu Based on the information the Area Commander of Ikire promptly mobilised the combined team of vigilante and police detectives from Ikire Area Command to the scene The team however discovered that the victim was traced from his motor park to Oke Afa Area Apomu where he was forcefully stopped pulled out from his Toyota Corolla ash colour with registration number APM 203 AA macheted and taken away by the assailant s the police statement said Opalola said that photographs had been taken of the scene and that police tactical team local hunters and some natives had been mobilised to comb the surrounding bush to rescue the victim She said the condition of the kidnapped victim either dead or alive could not be ascertained because he had not been found yet She however said the Osun Police Commissioner Olawale Olokode has assured the public that all the perpetrators of the heinous crime would be arrested and made to face justice NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Police arrest 8 in connection with kidnap of NURTW chair
      Osun Police Command on Sunday said it had arrested eight suspects in connection with the kidnap of the Branch Bhairman of the National Union of Road Transport Workers NURTW in Apomu Alhaji Ali Kazeem a k a Kekere Kazuma The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Apomu is located in Isokan Local Government Area of Osun According to SP Yemisi Opalola Osun Police spokesperson Kazeem was allegedly abducted on Saturday and taken into the bush after he was trailed from his motor park to Oke Afa Area in Apomu Based on the information the Area Commander of Ikire promptly mobilised the combined team of vigilante and police detectives from Ikire Area Command to the scene The team however discovered that the victim was traced from his motor park to Oke Afa Area Apomu where he was forcefully stopped pulled out from his Toyota Corolla ash colour with registration number APM 203 AA macheted and taken away by the assailant s the police statement said Opalola said that photographs had been taken of the scene and that police tactical team local hunters and some natives had been mobilised to comb the surrounding bush to rescue the victim She said the condition of the kidnapped victim either dead or alive could not be ascertained because he had not been found yet She however said the Osun Police Commissioner Olawale Olokode has assured the public that all the perpetrators of the heinous crime would be arrested and made to face justice NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Police arrest 8 in connection with kidnap of NURTW chair
    Defence/Security1 month ago

    Police arrest 8 in connection with kidnap of NURTW chair

     Osun Police Command on Sunday said it had arrested eight suspects in connection with the kidnap of the Branch Bhairman of the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) in Apomu , Alhaji Ali Kazeem,  a.

    k.a Kekere Kazuma.

    The News Agency of Nigeria   reports that Apomu is located in Isokan Local Government Area of Osun. According to SP Yemisi Opalola, Osun Police spokesperson, Kazeem was allegedly abducted on Saturday and taken into the bush after he was trailed from his motor park to Oke-Afa Area in Apomu.

    “Based on the information, the Area Commander of Ikire promptly mobilised the combined team of vigilante and police detectives from Ikire Area Command to the scene.

    “The team, however, discovered that the victim was traced from his motor park to Oke Afa Area, Apomu, where he was forcefully stopped, pulled out from his Toyota Corolla ash colour with registration number, APM 203 AA, macheted and taken away by the assailant(s),“ the police statement said.

    Opalola said that photographs had been taken of the scene and that police tactical team, local hunters and some natives had been mobilised to comb the surrounding bush to rescue the victim.

    She said the condition of the kidnapped victim, either dead or alive, could not be ascertained because he had not been found yet.

    She, however, said the Osun Police Commissioner, Olawale Olokode has assured the public that all the perpetrators of the heinous crime would be arrested and made to face justice. 


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  •  The National Union of Road Transport Workers NURTW has declared that no politician can use its members for campaigns again The Kwara Chairman of the union Alhaji AbdulKareem AbdulRasak made this known to the News Agency of Nigeria on Monday in Ilorin AbdulRasak said that NURTW members were part of stakeholders to ensure free and fair election adding that the rules that govern them did not allow any member to belong to any political party Once you are a member of NURTW you cannot support any political party not to talk of campaign for them or move around with them It has been stated that anyone found participating in political rally or fighting for a particular politician to win will be punished accordingly and also dismissed from the union This is to ensure free and fair election and also to have peace and stability in the country before during and after election he said The chairman explained that many people had wrong mindset about commercial drivers as they believe that majority were trouble makers and irresponsible people Accoding to him the transport union has being in existence for the past four decades and many of its members had made lots of successes and achievements No more thugs and hooligans in NURTW We are responsible and respected people now and many people are willing to associate with us and even give us their daughters in marriage he said AbdulRasak said that the President of NURTW Alhaji Tahjudeen Baruwa had ensured that the union members were well catered for by making the work easy and free of corrupt leaders All the tickets issued at every car park all over the 36 states have been centralised as it is printed from the headquarters in Abuja and as such cannot be tampered with he said On security the chairman said that none of their members had experienced any security challenges saying that it is due to the grace of Almighty Allah and proper arrangements made by the union security agencies and government A meeting was held at the national level and a memo was passed to everyone that no one should move above the scheduled time of 6 a m to 9 p m However there is an arrangement made for night travelers as few drivers usually operate at some car parks to enable travelers get to their various destinations when they arrived he said The NURTW boss commended the administration of Mallam AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq for his role in ensuring peace during the last union election that produced him as chairman He commended the governor s effort towards the betterment of transporters in the state but solicited for more support for the drivers to move within and outside the state easily NewsSourceCredit NAN
    No politician can use NURTW members again – Chairman
     The National Union of Road Transport Workers NURTW has declared that no politician can use its members for campaigns again The Kwara Chairman of the union Alhaji AbdulKareem AbdulRasak made this known to the News Agency of Nigeria on Monday in Ilorin AbdulRasak said that NURTW members were part of stakeholders to ensure free and fair election adding that the rules that govern them did not allow any member to belong to any political party Once you are a member of NURTW you cannot support any political party not to talk of campaign for them or move around with them It has been stated that anyone found participating in political rally or fighting for a particular politician to win will be punished accordingly and also dismissed from the union This is to ensure free and fair election and also to have peace and stability in the country before during and after election he said The chairman explained that many people had wrong mindset about commercial drivers as they believe that majority were trouble makers and irresponsible people Accoding to him the transport union has being in existence for the past four decades and many of its members had made lots of successes and achievements No more thugs and hooligans in NURTW We are responsible and respected people now and many people are willing to associate with us and even give us their daughters in marriage he said AbdulRasak said that the President of NURTW Alhaji Tahjudeen Baruwa had ensured that the union members were well catered for by making the work easy and free of corrupt leaders All the tickets issued at every car park all over the 36 states have been centralised as it is printed from the headquarters in Abuja and as such cannot be tampered with he said On security the chairman said that none of their members had experienced any security challenges saying that it is due to the grace of Almighty Allah and proper arrangements made by the union security agencies and government A meeting was held at the national level and a memo was passed to everyone that no one should move above the scheduled time of 6 a m to 9 p m However there is an arrangement made for night travelers as few drivers usually operate at some car parks to enable travelers get to their various destinations when they arrived he said The NURTW boss commended the administration of Mallam AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq for his role in ensuring peace during the last union election that produced him as chairman He commended the governor s effort towards the betterment of transporters in the state but solicited for more support for the drivers to move within and outside the state easily NewsSourceCredit NAN
    No politician can use NURTW members again – Chairman
    General news2 months ago

    No politician can use NURTW members again – Chairman

    The National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) has declared that no politician can use its members for campaigns again.

    The Kwara Chairman of the union, Alhaji AbdulKareem AbdulRasak, made this known to the News Agency of Nigeria on Monday in Ilorin.

    AbdulRasak said that NURTW members were part of stakeholders to ensure free and fair election, adding that the rules that govern them did not allow any member to belong to any political party.

    “Once you are a member of NURTW, you cannot support any political party, not to talk of campaign for them or move around with them.

    “It has been stated that anyone found participating in political rally or fighting for a particular politician to win will be punished accordingly and also dismissed from the union.

    “This is to ensure free and fair election and also to have peace and stability in the country before, during and after election,” he said.

    The chairman explained that many people had wrong mindset about commercial drivers, as they believe that majority were trouble makers and irresponsible people.

    Accoding to him, the transport union has being in existence for the past four decades and many of its members had made lots of successes and achievements.

    “No more thugs and hooligans in NURTW.

    We are responsible and respected people now and many people are willing to associate with us and even give us their daughters in marriage,” he said.

    AbdulRasak said that the President of NURTW, Alhaji Tahjudeen Baruwa,  had ensured that the union members were well catered for by making the work easy and free of corrupt leaders.

    “All the tickets issued at every car park all over the 36 states have been centralised as it is printed from the headquarters in Abuja, and as such, cannot be tampered with,” he said.

    On security, the chairman said that none of their members had experienced any security challenges, saying that it is due to the grace of Almighty Allah and proper arrangements made by the union, security agencies and government.

    “A meeting was held at the national level and a memo was passed to everyone that no one should move above the scheduled time of 6 a.

    m to 9 p.

    m. “However, there is an arrangement made for night travelers, as few drivers usually operate at some car parks, to enable travelers get to their various destinations when they arrived,” he said.

    The NURTW boss commended the administration of Mallam AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq for his role in ensuring peace during the last union election that produced him as chairman.

    He commended the governor’s effort towards the betterment of transporters in the state, but solicited for more support for the drivers to move within and outside the state easily.

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    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •  The Federal Road Safety Corps FRSC and other traffic law enforcement agencies have in the face of allegations of violent enforcement of traffic regulations reassured motorists of comportment and civility by their personnel In the discharge of their duties In a survey conducted by the News Agency of Nigeria across the South West states of Nigeria namely Ogun Oyo Osun Ondo Ekiti and Kwara the agencies and other road stakeholders expressed different views on the issue Mr Joshua Adekanye the Sector Commander of FRSC in Oyo State said that personnel of the corps were not allowed to chase or harass motorists while trying to enforce the law Adekanye urged motorists to report any personnel harassing them promising that the command would not hesitate to deal with such official Similarly SP Adewale Osifeso the Police Public Relations Officer PPRO Police Command in Oyo State said that the command frowned at the infringement on any of the fundamental human rights of the citizens Osifeso while blaming some offenders for obstructing officers from discharging their duties or preventing them from being arrested however sued for the cooperation of all He said that men of the command would always remain professional in the discharge of their constitutional duty Meanwhile in Ibadan Dr Wole Ogunseyinde the Chairman Board of Management Ibadan Anglican Diocese Hospital urged the VIO FRSC and the police to focus more on road management as their primary assignment Ogunseyinde said that their focus should be more on maintaining free flow of traffic compliance of people to traffic laws preventing and anticipating danger points that might impede smooth traffic flow Sadly they are preoccupied with finding faults with tyres driver s licence waste bin and fire extinguisher all to make money for the organisations or themselves There is need for a rethink re orientation and re organisation of these outfits he said However Prof Lameed Gbolagade former Head of Department Department of Wildlife and Ecotourism Management Faculty of Renewable Natural Resources University of Ibadan called for the punishment of officers culpable of violence or misconduct in the discharge of their duties Such officers he said should be punished under the law of the country Whenever there is any introduction to the rules or laws of traffic the citizens must be given sufficient time to make adjustments before it becomes an enforceable offence he said A commercial driver Mr Adigun Saka also condemned the acts of throwing stones chasing or pointing of guns at motorists by officials of FRSC VIO and police all in a bid to force motorists to stop Saka said that these acts and other related ones had often resulted into accidents with attendant loss of lives and property In his contribution Mr Jeleel Abioye Chairman Road Transport Employers Association of Nigeria RTEAN in Osun said that members of his association in recent times have not experienced or recorded violent conducts in their dealings with personnel of the FRSC VIO or other law enforcement agencies Since I became the chairman in Osun we have always had cordial relationship with officials of the Vehicle Inspection Office VIO the FRSC and the police Although we have rogues within our fold just like the road safety VIO and the police but we always follow civil channels in resolving any form of altercation we may have with law enforcement officers Like the FRSC whenever any of our members commit any offence on the road they report such a member to our association and we always fish out the erring member to face punishment Likewise when any of the officials of the FRSC VIO or the police harass our members on the road we report them to their superiors and they are punished appropriately he said Also Mr Fatai Salako Secretary National Union of Road Transport Workers NURTW said that commercial drivers know how to sort themselves out when they run into trouble with road traffic authorities before it degenerates into violence Commercial drivers are working to make money so they will not want anything that will disrupt their operations Again the leadership of the union have good working relationship with the police the FRSC and the VIO We hold meetings with them from time to time where they always tell us to cooperate with their officers on the road and to always report any misconduct from their officers toward our men We don t really have any problem with them except with some of them who may want to be mischievous and we usually report them to their superiors he said However Mr Ahmed Umar the Ogun Sector Commander of the FRSC told NAN that officials of the corps in discharging their duties often faced different provocative instances from members of the public Umar however explained that the officials had been trained to be civil and to always maintain decorum while discharging their duties The FRSC is the most polite the most civil law enforcement agency to motorists and other road users in the country There are provocations but we tell them not to allow their emotions to becloud their sense of reasoning They have been trained to guard against such provocations and not to engage motorists or defaulters in physical combat We have also been trained not to be weak or subject ourselves to ridicule or needless embarrassment in the course of discharging our duties he said In his contribution Mr Tiwalade Akingbade Chairman Road Transport Employers Association of Nigeria RTEAN in Ogun called for the regular training of traffic enforcement officials in interpersonal relationships for optimal performance Akingbade alleged that some officials of the concerned agencies often maltreat erring members of the public while enforcing traffic rules Officials of the police FRSC and VIO need to undergo periodic trainings on how to relate with members of the public in the discharge of their duties They need to realise that they will meet with different people with different character in the course of discharging their duties they should therefore learn how to remain cool but principled in the face of provocation he said He called on the leadership of the agencies to ensure that their officials continued to resist the temptation to abuse their privileges as law enforcement officers The RTEAN chairman said that there should be effective internal disciplinary measures to check such acts and change the perception of the public concerning the agencies On our own part we organise periodic trainings on traffic rules and regulations for our drivers but the traffic agencies often demand bribes from us and if such is not given they often resort to force or unnecessary arrests he said In Ado Ekiti Mr Taiwo Ojo Public Education Officer PEO FRSC Ekiti Sector Command said the command would not tolerate any misconduct in the line of duty alien to the culture and tradition of the FRSC Ojo said officers of the command have been warned to maintain high level of discipline and not to assault or manhandle any member of the public in the course of maintaining safety on Ekiti roads The sector command in recent times has not received any report of its officers assaulting rough handling or addressing members of the public in manners that can bring disrepute or not acceptable to the ethics and conduct of the operatives Everyone in FRSC particularly in the state command knows the implications of being involved in conducts that can tarnish the image of the corps in the public None of our members of staff will want to put his or her job on the line because they all know that it is a grievous offence it is not pardonable to assault members of the public for whatever reason Ojo said Meanwhile a police officer who pleaded anonymity lamented that some drivers were in the habit of flouting traffic rules and regulations According to him majority of road users usually disregard laws guiding the road hence we tend to use iron hand in ensuring that they obey and comply with all stipulated laws It is not in our constitution to enforce by violence In fact we are not trained to do so but when our people are daring and adamant we don t have an option than to apply hard measures on them just to make sure they comply with stipulated laws and orders to ensure a sane society NAN however reports that some commercial drivers in Ikole Ekiti accused traffic agencies of neglecting their statutory duties for making illegitimate money thus making illegal extortion and bribery their major activities One of such is Mr Sola Fasakin who alleged that FRSC officers in Oye Ekiti were fond of extorting money in the range of N100 to N1 000 from both commercial and private motorists and motorcyclists Fasakin noted that any attempt by a motorist to argue with them would resort to the seizure of the car key the vehicle driver s license and other particulars It is quite unfortunate that FRSC officers in Oye Ekiti who ought to uphold traffic regulations and ensure safety on our highways are now taking money as a daily toll and anybody who fails to cooperate will be delayed unnecessarily Also the police officers along Ayegbaju Ekiti road are always bent on collecting money from both commercial motorists and motorcyclists without carrying out proper checks on the vehicles he said Speaking in the same vein another motorist Mr Kunle Ajibola alleged that some traffic officials abused their privileged position and extort money from motorists especially from commercial drivers According to him the patrol team leaders stay inside the vehicles carefully parked by the roadside while their officers negotiate amounts to be collected from helpless motorists In view of this he appealed to the federal and state government to curb such excesses and violent conducts on the highways A legal practitioner Mr Temitope Omotayo did not also spare the alleged corrupt officials Omotayo said men of these agencies had neglected their primary assignment of enforcing traffic rules and regulations and had become savagely cruelin their operations According to him since technology takes the lead in enforcing traffic rules the government should therefore provide adequate modern facilities to assist traffic officers perform their duties without endangering lives of the citizens He described the alleged violent conduct of police personnel as the highest order of misconduct It is sad to see a police officer stopping private and commercial vehicles and demanding for money instead of verifying the vehicle ownership documents and other necessary information required he said Meanwhile the Police Command in Kwara says its Code of Conduct does not give allowance for violence in the enforcement of any law traffic laws inclusive The spokesperson of the command SP Okasanmi Ajayi said that any negative conduct by policemen on duty have consequences and many erring police officers had been punished accordingly He stated that police enforcement activities help to deter negative behaviour such as speeding and driving while intoxicated he advised Nigerians to report any officer engaged in violent enforcement of traffic laws Also reiterating the non violent attitude expected of officers the Sector Commander Kwara FRSC CC Fredrick Ogidan described any such violent conduct as unacceptable Ogidan said that contrary to public opinion that officers of the FRSC were violent it was often traffic offenders who attack officers It is the recalcitrant traffic offenders that are daily knocking down our men maiming and killing them he said He however advised both the personnel of the corps and the motoring public to be civil and positive in their attitude toward road safety Similarly Mr Toyosi Adeoti a resident of Ilorin said that it would be unusual to see officials of the FRSC conducting themselves in a violent manner Adeoti said that some personnel of the corps may however be forced to act violently in response to an offender s action I have never seen a violent FRSC officer They are usually calm if you cooperate with them but sometimes they may be forced to react to a situation accordingly So I think we should just learn to obey traffic rules and cooperate with them when we meet them in the line of their duty he said Meanwhile an Akure based journalist Mr Oluwaseun Akingboye however described most road traffic officials as men not adequately trained and equipped to perform their duties Akingboye called on the government to as a matter of urgency overhaul train and retrain officers of all of the agencies NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Traffic enforcement agencies reassure motorists, warn personnel against violent conduct  
     The Federal Road Safety Corps FRSC and other traffic law enforcement agencies have in the face of allegations of violent enforcement of traffic regulations reassured motorists of comportment and civility by their personnel In the discharge of their duties In a survey conducted by the News Agency of Nigeria across the South West states of Nigeria namely Ogun Oyo Osun Ondo Ekiti and Kwara the agencies and other road stakeholders expressed different views on the issue Mr Joshua Adekanye the Sector Commander of FRSC in Oyo State said that personnel of the corps were not allowed to chase or harass motorists while trying to enforce the law Adekanye urged motorists to report any personnel harassing them promising that the command would not hesitate to deal with such official Similarly SP Adewale Osifeso the Police Public Relations Officer PPRO Police Command in Oyo State said that the command frowned at the infringement on any of the fundamental human rights of the citizens Osifeso while blaming some offenders for obstructing officers from discharging their duties or preventing them from being arrested however sued for the cooperation of all He said that men of the command would always remain professional in the discharge of their constitutional duty Meanwhile in Ibadan Dr Wole Ogunseyinde the Chairman Board of Management Ibadan Anglican Diocese Hospital urged the VIO FRSC and the police to focus more on road management as their primary assignment Ogunseyinde said that their focus should be more on maintaining free flow of traffic compliance of people to traffic laws preventing and anticipating danger points that might impede smooth traffic flow Sadly they are preoccupied with finding faults with tyres driver s licence waste bin and fire extinguisher all to make money for the organisations or themselves There is need for a rethink re orientation and re organisation of these outfits he said However Prof Lameed Gbolagade former Head of Department Department of Wildlife and Ecotourism Management Faculty of Renewable Natural Resources University of Ibadan called for the punishment of officers culpable of violence or misconduct in the discharge of their duties Such officers he said should be punished under the law of the country Whenever there is any introduction to the rules or laws of traffic the citizens must be given sufficient time to make adjustments before it becomes an enforceable offence he said A commercial driver Mr Adigun Saka also condemned the acts of throwing stones chasing or pointing of guns at motorists by officials of FRSC VIO and police all in a bid to force motorists to stop Saka said that these acts and other related ones had often resulted into accidents with attendant loss of lives and property In his contribution Mr Jeleel Abioye Chairman Road Transport Employers Association of Nigeria RTEAN in Osun said that members of his association in recent times have not experienced or recorded violent conducts in their dealings with personnel of the FRSC VIO or other law enforcement agencies Since I became the chairman in Osun we have always had cordial relationship with officials of the Vehicle Inspection Office VIO the FRSC and the police Although we have rogues within our fold just like the road safety VIO and the police but we always follow civil channels in resolving any form of altercation we may have with law enforcement officers Like the FRSC whenever any of our members commit any offence on the road they report such a member to our association and we always fish out the erring member to face punishment Likewise when any of the officials of the FRSC VIO or the police harass our members on the road we report them to their superiors and they are punished appropriately he said Also Mr Fatai Salako Secretary National Union of Road Transport Workers NURTW said that commercial drivers know how to sort themselves out when they run into trouble with road traffic authorities before it degenerates into violence Commercial drivers are working to make money so they will not want anything that will disrupt their operations Again the leadership of the union have good working relationship with the police the FRSC and the VIO We hold meetings with them from time to time where they always tell us to cooperate with their officers on the road and to always report any misconduct from their officers toward our men We don t really have any problem with them except with some of them who may want to be mischievous and we usually report them to their superiors he said However Mr Ahmed Umar the Ogun Sector Commander of the FRSC told NAN that officials of the corps in discharging their duties often faced different provocative instances from members of the public Umar however explained that the officials had been trained to be civil and to always maintain decorum while discharging their duties The FRSC is the most polite the most civil law enforcement agency to motorists and other road users in the country There are provocations but we tell them not to allow their emotions to becloud their sense of reasoning They have been trained to guard against such provocations and not to engage motorists or defaulters in physical combat We have also been trained not to be weak or subject ourselves to ridicule or needless embarrassment in the course of discharging our duties he said In his contribution Mr Tiwalade Akingbade Chairman Road Transport Employers Association of Nigeria RTEAN in Ogun called for the regular training of traffic enforcement officials in interpersonal relationships for optimal performance Akingbade alleged that some officials of the concerned agencies often maltreat erring members of the public while enforcing traffic rules Officials of the police FRSC and VIO need to undergo periodic trainings on how to relate with members of the public in the discharge of their duties They need to realise that they will meet with different people with different character in the course of discharging their duties they should therefore learn how to remain cool but principled in the face of provocation he said He called on the leadership of the agencies to ensure that their officials continued to resist the temptation to abuse their privileges as law enforcement officers The RTEAN chairman said that there should be effective internal disciplinary measures to check such acts and change the perception of the public concerning the agencies On our own part we organise periodic trainings on traffic rules and regulations for our drivers but the traffic agencies often demand bribes from us and if such is not given they often resort to force or unnecessary arrests he said In Ado Ekiti Mr Taiwo Ojo Public Education Officer PEO FRSC Ekiti Sector Command said the command would not tolerate any misconduct in the line of duty alien to the culture and tradition of the FRSC Ojo said officers of the command have been warned to maintain high level of discipline and not to assault or manhandle any member of the public in the course of maintaining safety on Ekiti roads The sector command in recent times has not received any report of its officers assaulting rough handling or addressing members of the public in manners that can bring disrepute or not acceptable to the ethics and conduct of the operatives Everyone in FRSC particularly in the state command knows the implications of being involved in conducts that can tarnish the image of the corps in the public None of our members of staff will want to put his or her job on the line because they all know that it is a grievous offence it is not pardonable to assault members of the public for whatever reason Ojo said Meanwhile a police officer who pleaded anonymity lamented that some drivers were in the habit of flouting traffic rules and regulations According to him majority of road users usually disregard laws guiding the road hence we tend to use iron hand in ensuring that they obey and comply with all stipulated laws It is not in our constitution to enforce by violence In fact we are not trained to do so but when our people are daring and adamant we don t have an option than to apply hard measures on them just to make sure they comply with stipulated laws and orders to ensure a sane society NAN however reports that some commercial drivers in Ikole Ekiti accused traffic agencies of neglecting their statutory duties for making illegitimate money thus making illegal extortion and bribery their major activities One of such is Mr Sola Fasakin who alleged that FRSC officers in Oye Ekiti were fond of extorting money in the range of N100 to N1 000 from both commercial and private motorists and motorcyclists Fasakin noted that any attempt by a motorist to argue with them would resort to the seizure of the car key the vehicle driver s license and other particulars It is quite unfortunate that FRSC officers in Oye Ekiti who ought to uphold traffic regulations and ensure safety on our highways are now taking money as a daily toll and anybody who fails to cooperate will be delayed unnecessarily Also the police officers along Ayegbaju Ekiti road are always bent on collecting money from both commercial motorists and motorcyclists without carrying out proper checks on the vehicles he said Speaking in the same vein another motorist Mr Kunle Ajibola alleged that some traffic officials abused their privileged position and extort money from motorists especially from commercial drivers According to him the patrol team leaders stay inside the vehicles carefully parked by the roadside while their officers negotiate amounts to be collected from helpless motorists In view of this he appealed to the federal and state government to curb such excesses and violent conducts on the highways A legal practitioner Mr Temitope Omotayo did not also spare the alleged corrupt officials Omotayo said men of these agencies had neglected their primary assignment of enforcing traffic rules and regulations and had become savagely cruelin their operations According to him since technology takes the lead in enforcing traffic rules the government should therefore provide adequate modern facilities to assist traffic officers perform their duties without endangering lives of the citizens He described the alleged violent conduct of police personnel as the highest order of misconduct It is sad to see a police officer stopping private and commercial vehicles and demanding for money instead of verifying the vehicle ownership documents and other necessary information required he said Meanwhile the Police Command in Kwara says its Code of Conduct does not give allowance for violence in the enforcement of any law traffic laws inclusive The spokesperson of the command SP Okasanmi Ajayi said that any negative conduct by policemen on duty have consequences and many erring police officers had been punished accordingly He stated that police enforcement activities help to deter negative behaviour such as speeding and driving while intoxicated he advised Nigerians to report any officer engaged in violent enforcement of traffic laws Also reiterating the non violent attitude expected of officers the Sector Commander Kwara FRSC CC Fredrick Ogidan described any such violent conduct as unacceptable Ogidan said that contrary to public opinion that officers of the FRSC were violent it was often traffic offenders who attack officers It is the recalcitrant traffic offenders that are daily knocking down our men maiming and killing them he said He however advised both the personnel of the corps and the motoring public to be civil and positive in their attitude toward road safety Similarly Mr Toyosi Adeoti a resident of Ilorin said that it would be unusual to see officials of the FRSC conducting themselves in a violent manner Adeoti said that some personnel of the corps may however be forced to act violently in response to an offender s action I have never seen a violent FRSC officer They are usually calm if you cooperate with them but sometimes they may be forced to react to a situation accordingly So I think we should just learn to obey traffic rules and cooperate with them when we meet them in the line of their duty he said Meanwhile an Akure based journalist Mr Oluwaseun Akingboye however described most road traffic officials as men not adequately trained and equipped to perform their duties Akingboye called on the government to as a matter of urgency overhaul train and retrain officers of all of the agencies NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Traffic enforcement agencies reassure motorists, warn personnel against violent conduct  
    General news2 months ago

    Traffic enforcement agencies reassure motorists, warn personnel against violent conduct  

    The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) and other traffic law enforcement agencies have, in the face of allegations of violent enforcement of traffic regulations, reassured motorists of comportment and civility by their personnel In the discharge of their duties.

    In a survey conducted by the News Agency of Nigeria across the South-West states of Nigeria, namely, Ogun, Oyo, Osun, Ondo, Ekiti and Kwara, the agencies and other road stakeholders expressed different views on the issue.

    Mr Joshua Adekanye, the Sector Commander of FRSC in Oyo State, said that personnel of the corps were not allowed to chase or harass motorists while trying to enforce the law.

    Adekanye urged motorists to report any personnel harassing them, promising that the command would not hesitate to deal with such official.

    Similarly, SP Adewale Osifeso, the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Police Command in Oyo State, said that the command frowned at the infringement on any of the fundamental human rights of the citizens.

    Osifeso, while blaming some offenders for obstructing officers from discharging their duties or preventing them from being arrested, however, sued for the cooperation of all.

    He said that men of the command would always remain professional in the discharge of their constitutional duty.

    Meanwhile, in Ibadan, Dr Wole Ogunseyinde, the Chairman, Board of Management, Ibadan Anglican Diocese Hospital, urged the VIO, FRSC and the police to focus more on road management, as their primary assignment.

    Ogunseyinde said that their focus should be more on maintaining free flow of traffic, compliance of people to traffic laws, preventing and anticipating danger points that might impede smooth traffic flow.

    “Sadly, they are preoccupied with finding faults with tyres, driver’s licence, waste bin and fire extinguisher; all to make money for the organisations or themselves.

    “There is need for a rethink, re-orientation and re-organisation of these outfits,” he said.

    However, Prof. Lameed Gbolagade, former Head of Department, Department of Wildlife and Ecotourism Management; Faculty of Renewable Natural Resources, University of Ibadan, called for the punishment of officers culpable of violence or misconduct in the discharge of their duties Such officers, he said, should be punished under the law of the country.

    “Whenever there is any introduction to the rules or laws of traffic, the citizens must be given sufficient time to make adjustments before it becomes an enforceable offence,” he said.

    A commercial driver, Mr Adigun Saka, also condemned the acts of throwing stones, chasing or pointing of guns at motorists by officials of FRSC, VIO and police, all in a bid to force motorists to stop.

    Saka said that these acts, and other related ones, had often resulted into accidents, with attendant loss of lives and property.

    In his contribution, Mr Jeleel Abioye, Chairman, Road Transport Employers Association of Nigeria (RTEAN) in Osun, said that members of his association in recent times have not experienced or recorded violent conducts in their dealings with personnel of the FRSC, VIO or other law enforcement agencies.

    “Since I became the chairman in Osun, we have always had cordial relationship with officials of the Vehicle Inspection Office (VIO), the FRSC and the police.

    “Although, we have rogues within our fold, just like the road safety, VIO and the police, but we always follow civil channels in resolving any form of altercation we may have with law enforcement officers.

    “Like the FRSC, whenever any of our members commit any offence on the road, they report such a member to our association and we always fish out the erring member to face punishment.

    “Likewise, when any of the officials of the FRSC, VIO or the police harass our members on the road, we report them to their superiors and they are punished appropriately,” he said.

    Also,  Mr Fatai Salako, Secretary, National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW), said that commercial drivers know how to sort themselves out when they run into trouble with road traffic authorities before it degenerates into violence.

    “Commercial drivers are working to make money, so they will not want anything that will disrupt their operations.

    “Again, the leadership of the union have good working relationship with the police, the FRSC and the VIO.

    “We hold meetings with them from time to time, where they always tell us to cooperate with their officers on the road and to always report any misconduct from their officers toward our men.

    “We don’t really have any problem with them, except with some of them who may want to be mischievous; and we, usually, report them to their superiors,” he said.

    However, Mr Ahmed Umar, the Ogun Sector Commander of the FRSC, told NAN that officials of the corps in discharging their duties, often faced different provocative instances from members of the public.

    Umar, however, explained that the officials had been trained to be civil and to always maintain decorum while discharging their duties.

    “The FRSC is the most polite, the most civil law enforcement agency to motorists and other road users in the country.

    ‘There are provocations, but we tell them not to allow their emotions to becloud their sense of reasoning.

    “They have been trained to guard against such provocations and not to engage motorists or defaulters in physical combat.

    “We have also been trained not to be weak or subject ourselves to ridicule or needless embarrassment in the course of discharging our duties,” he said.

    In his contribution, Mr Tiwalade Akingbade, Chairman, Road Transport Employers’ Association of Nigeria (RTEAN) in Ogun, called for the regular training of traffic enforcement officials in interpersonal relationships for optimal performance.

    Akingbade alleged that some officials of the concerned agencies often maltreat erring members of the public while enforcing traffic rules.

    “Officials of the police, FRSC and VIO need to undergo periodic trainings on how to relate with members of the public in the discharge of their duties.

    “They need to realise that they will meet with different people with different character in the course of discharging their duties, they should, therefore, learn how to remain cool, but principled in the face of provocation,” he said.

    He called on the leadership of the agencies to ensure that their officials continued to resist the temptation to abuse their privileges as law enforcement officers.

    The RTEAN chairman said that there should be effective internal disciplinary measures to check such acts and change the perception of the public concerning the agencies “On our own part, we organise periodic trainings on traffic rules and regulations for our drivers, but the traffic agencies often demand bribes from us, and if such is not given, they often resort to force or unnecessary arrests,” he said.

    In Ado-Ekiti, Mr Taiwo Ojo, Public Education Officer (PEO), FRSC, Ekiti Sector Command, said the command would not tolerate any misconduct in the line of duty alien to the culture and tradition of the FRSC.

    Ojo said officers of the command have been warned to maintain high level of discipline,  and not to assault or manhandle any member of the public in the course of maintaining safety on Ekiti roads.

    “The sector command, in recent times, has not received any report of its officers, assaulting, rough handling or addressing members of the public in manners that can bring disrepute or not acceptable to the ethics and conduct of the operatives.

    “Everyone in FRSC, particularly in the state command, knows the implications of being involved in conducts  that can tarnish the image of the corps in the public.

    “None of our members of staff will want to put his or her job on the line, because they all know that it is a grievous offence; it is not pardonable to assault members of the public for whatever reason,” Ojo said.

    Meanwhile,  a police officer , who pleaded anonymity,  lamented that some drivers were in the habit of flouting traffic rules and regulations.

    According to him, majority of road users, usually, disregard laws guiding the road, hence, “we tend to use iron hand in ensuring that they obey and comply with all stipulated laws.

    “It is not in our constitution to enforce by violence.

    In fact, we are not trained to do so, but when our people are daring and adamant, we don’t have an option than to apply hard measures on them; just to make sure they comply with stipulated laws and orders to ensure a sane society.

    ” NAN, however, reports that some commercial drivers in Ikole-Ekiti accused traffic agencies of neglecting their statutory duties for making illegitimate money; thus making illegal extortion and bribery their major activities.

    One of such is Mr Sola Fasakin, who alleged that FRSC officers in Oye-Ekiti were fond of extorting money in the range of N100 to N1,000 from both commercial and private motorists and motorcyclists.

    Fasakin noted that any attempt by a motorist to argue with them would resort to the seizure of the car key, the vehicle, driver’s  license and other particulars.

    “It is quite unfortunate that FRSC officers in Oye-Ekiti, who ought to uphold traffic regulations and ensure safety on our highways, are now taking money as a daily toll, and anybody who fails to cooperate will be delayed unnecessarily.

    “Also, the police officers along Ayegbaju-Ekiti road are always bent on collecting money from both commercial motorists and motorcyclists, without carrying out proper checks on the vehicles,” he said.

    Speaking in the same vein, another motorist, Mr Kunle Ajibola, alleged that some traffic officials abused their privileged position and extort money from motorists, especially from commercial drivers.

    According to him, the patrol team leaders stay inside the vehicles, carefully parked by the roadside, while their officers negotiate amounts to be collected from helpless motorists.

    In view of this, he appealed to the federal and state government to curb such excesses and violent conducts on the highways.

    A legal practitioner, Mr Temitope Omotayo, did not also spare the alleged corrupt officials.

    Omotayo said men of these agencies had neglected their primary assignment of enforcing traffic rules and regulations and had become ”savagely cruelin their operations.

    ” According to him, since technology takes the lead in enforcing traffic rules, the government should, therefore, provide adequate modern facilities to assist traffic officers perform their duties without endangering lives of the citizens.

    He described the alleged violent conduct of police personnel as the highest order of misconduct.

    “It is sad to see a police officer stopping private and commercial vehicles and demanding for money, instead of verifying the vehicle ownership documents and other necessary information required,” he said.

    Meanwhile, the Police Command in Kwara says its Code of Conduct does not give allowance for violence in the enforcement of any law, traffic laws inclusive.

    The spokesperson of the command, SP Okasanmi Ajayi, said that any negative conduct by policemen on duty have consequences and many erring police officers had been punished accordingly.

    He stated that police enforcement activities help to deter negative behaviour, such as speeding and driving while intoxicated, he advised Nigerians to report any officer engaged in violent enforcement of traffic laws.

    Also reiterating the non-violent attitude expected of officers, the Sector Commander, Kwara FRSC, CC Fredrick Ogidan, described any such violent conduct as unacceptable.

    Ogidan said that contrary to public opinion that officers of the FRSC were violent, it was often traffic offenders who attack officers.

    “It is the recalcitrant traffic offenders that are daily knocking down our men, maiming and killing them,” he said.

    He, however, advised both the personnel of the corps and the motoring public to be civil and positive in their attitude toward road safety.

    Similarly, Mr Toyosi Adeoti, a resident of Ilorin, said that it would be unusual to see officials of the FRSC conducting themselves in a violent  manner Adeoti said that some personnel of the corps may, however, be forced to act violently in response to an offender’s action.

    “I have never seen a violent FRSC officer.

    They are usually calm if you cooperate with them, but sometimes, they may be forced to react to a situation accordingly.

    “So, I think we should just learn to obey traffic rules and cooperate with them when we meet them in the line of their duty,” he said.

    Meanwhile, an Akure-based journalist, Mr Oluwaseun Akingboye, however, described most road traffic officials as men not adequately trained and equipped to perform their duties.

    Akingboye called on the government to, as a matter of urgency, overhaul, train and retrain officers of all of the agencies.


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  •  Kwara Government has donated 50 mini buses to transporters in the state as part of its empowerment programme Gov Abdulrahman Abdulrazak presented the buses to the National Union of Road Transport Workers NURTW and Road Transport Employers Association of Nigeria RTEAN on Tuesday in Ilorin In a speech Abdulrazak said the gesture was intended to enhance their business and economy The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the donation was made by the government in partnership with a finance company Abdulrazak represented by the Commissioner for Works Mr Iliasu Rotimi also said that the donation was meant to ease the transportation of goods and commuters in the state He said that the event was the second phase of his administration s community transport intervention project He said that the first phase of the intervention took place in August 2021 The governor said that the administration also donated 100 tricycles to the Tricycle Owners and Operators Association of Nigeria He advised the beneficiaries to take advantage of the government s kind gesture to enhance their economy He also said that they were expected to repay N3 7 million on each of the vehicles within 18 months This intervention is worth N125 million as provided by Self Employment Assistance Program SEAP The government on its part guarantees the facility for the benefit of our people he said Abdulrazak commended the management of SEAP for always supporting the state particularly in the area of transportation He said We want to ensure shared prosperity We have also created direct and indirect jobs to take many of our young population out of idleness through various interventions We are confident that your meticulous use of these vehicles will generate more economic values for our people It is my belief that NURTW and RTEAN will continue to partner our government as we strive daily to give our people a new lease of life The Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Community Intervention Mr Kayode Oyin Zubair also urged the transporters to make maximum use of the opportunity to improve their economy Oyin Zubair further appealed to them to always save money from their daily proceeds to make repayment easier NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Kwara Govt. donates 50 mini-buses to NURTW, RTEAN
     Kwara Government has donated 50 mini buses to transporters in the state as part of its empowerment programme Gov Abdulrahman Abdulrazak presented the buses to the National Union of Road Transport Workers NURTW and Road Transport Employers Association of Nigeria RTEAN on Tuesday in Ilorin In a speech Abdulrazak said the gesture was intended to enhance their business and economy The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the donation was made by the government in partnership with a finance company Abdulrazak represented by the Commissioner for Works Mr Iliasu Rotimi also said that the donation was meant to ease the transportation of goods and commuters in the state He said that the event was the second phase of his administration s community transport intervention project He said that the first phase of the intervention took place in August 2021 The governor said that the administration also donated 100 tricycles to the Tricycle Owners and Operators Association of Nigeria He advised the beneficiaries to take advantage of the government s kind gesture to enhance their economy He also said that they were expected to repay N3 7 million on each of the vehicles within 18 months This intervention is worth N125 million as provided by Self Employment Assistance Program SEAP The government on its part guarantees the facility for the benefit of our people he said Abdulrazak commended the management of SEAP for always supporting the state particularly in the area of transportation He said We want to ensure shared prosperity We have also created direct and indirect jobs to take many of our young population out of idleness through various interventions We are confident that your meticulous use of these vehicles will generate more economic values for our people It is my belief that NURTW and RTEAN will continue to partner our government as we strive daily to give our people a new lease of life The Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Community Intervention Mr Kayode Oyin Zubair also urged the transporters to make maximum use of the opportunity to improve their economy Oyin Zubair further appealed to them to always save money from their daily proceeds to make repayment easier NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Kwara Govt. donates 50 mini-buses to NURTW, RTEAN
    Economy2 months ago

    Kwara Govt. donates 50 mini-buses to NURTW, RTEAN

    Kwara Government has donated 50 mini buses to transporters in the state as part of its empowerment programme.

    Gov. Abdulrahman Abdulrazak presented the buses to the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) and Road Transport Employers Association of Nigeria (RTEAN) on Tuesday in Ilorin.

    In a speech, Abdulrazak said the gesture was intended to enhance their business and economy.

    The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the donation was made by the government in partnership with a finance company.

    Abdulrazak, represented by the Commissioner for Works, Mr Iliasu Rotimi, also said that the donation was meant to ease the transportation of goods and commuters in the state.

    He said that the event was the second phase of his administration’s community transport intervention project.

    He said that the first phase of the intervention took place in August 2021. The governor said that the administration also donated 100 tricycles to the Tricycle Owners and Operators Association of Nigeria.

    He advised the beneficiaries to take advantage of the government’s kind gesture to enhance their economy.

    He also said that they were expected to repay N3.7 million on each of the vehicles within 18 months.

    “This intervention is worth N125 million as provided by Self Employment Assistance Program (SEAP) .

    “The government on its part guarantees the facility for the benefit of our people,” he said.

    Abdulrazak commended the management of SEAP for always supporting the state, particularly in the area of transportation.

    He said: “We want to ensure shared prosperity.

    “We have also created direct and indirect jobs to take many of our young population out of idleness through various interventions.

    “We are confident that your meticulous use of these vehicles will generate more economic values for our people.

    “It is my belief that NURTW and RTEAN will continue to partner our government as we strive daily to give our people a new lease of life.

    ” The Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Community Intervention, Mr Kayode Oyin-Zubair, also urged the transporters to make maximum use of the opportunity to improve their economy.

    Oyin-Zubair further appealed to them to always save money from their daily proceeds to make repayment easier.


    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •  The Lagos State Commissioner of Police CP Abiodun Alabi has warned that anyone found fomenting trouble within Lagos State would be promptly apprehended and made to face the law This is contained in a statement issued by the Command s spokesman SP Benjamin Hundeyin on Monday in Lagos This warning has become imperative following incessant clashes fracas and malicious damage to property recently experienced in some parts of Lagos State mostly linked to the issues surrounding the management of motor parks within the state He said that the CP who had met with the two major contenders of the National Union of Road Transport Workers NURTW urged them to prevail on their followers to act within the confines of the law CP Alabi has met with Musiliu Akinsanya aka MC Oluomo and Azeez Abiola aka Istijaba separately in his office where he admonished them to prevail on their teeming followers to act within the confines of the law and is poised to ensure the security currently being enjoyed in Lagos State remains intact In line with this stance all Area Commanders Divisional Police Officers DPOs and tactical commanders have been directed to deal decisively with anyone found instigating or causing a breach of peace within their respective areas of responsibility The CP called on Lagosians to go about their lawful duties without fear of harassment or intimidation as all human material and operational resources have been optimally deployed to ensure their safety and security NAN
    NURTW Imbroglio: Lagos CP reads riot Act to mischief makers
     The Lagos State Commissioner of Police CP Abiodun Alabi has warned that anyone found fomenting trouble within Lagos State would be promptly apprehended and made to face the law This is contained in a statement issued by the Command s spokesman SP Benjamin Hundeyin on Monday in Lagos This warning has become imperative following incessant clashes fracas and malicious damage to property recently experienced in some parts of Lagos State mostly linked to the issues surrounding the management of motor parks within the state He said that the CP who had met with the two major contenders of the National Union of Road Transport Workers NURTW urged them to prevail on their followers to act within the confines of the law CP Alabi has met with Musiliu Akinsanya aka MC Oluomo and Azeez Abiola aka Istijaba separately in his office where he admonished them to prevail on their teeming followers to act within the confines of the law and is poised to ensure the security currently being enjoyed in Lagos State remains intact In line with this stance all Area Commanders Divisional Police Officers DPOs and tactical commanders have been directed to deal decisively with anyone found instigating or causing a breach of peace within their respective areas of responsibility The CP called on Lagosians to go about their lawful duties without fear of harassment or intimidation as all human material and operational resources have been optimally deployed to ensure their safety and security NAN
    NURTW Imbroglio: Lagos CP reads riot Act to mischief makers
    Defence/Security5 months ago

    NURTW Imbroglio: Lagos CP reads riot Act to mischief makers

    The Lagos State Commissioner of Police, CP Abiodun Alabi, has warned that anyone found fomenting trouble within Lagos State would be promptly apprehended and made to face the law.

    This is contained in a statement issued by the Command’s spokesman, SP Benjamin Hundeyin, on Monday in Lagos.

    “This warning has become imperative following incessant clashes, fracas and malicious damage to property recently experienced in some parts of Lagos State mostly linked to the issues surrounding the management of motor parks within the state.”

    He said that the CP, who had met with the two major contenders of the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW), urged them to prevail on their followers to act within the confines of the law.

    “CP Alabi has met with Musiliu Akinsanya aka MC Oluomo and Azeez Abiola aka Istijaba separately in his office, where he admonished them to prevail on their teeming followers to act within the confines of the law, and is poised to ensure the security currently being enjoyed in Lagos State remains intact.

    “In line with this stance, all Area Commanders, Divisional Police Officers (DPOs) and tactical commanders have been directed to deal decisively with anyone found instigating or causing a breach of peace within their respective areas of responsibility.

    “The CP called on Lagosians to go about their lawful duties without fear of harassment or intimidation, as all human, material and operational resources have been optimally deployed to ensure their safety and security,”

    (NAN)

  •  The Centre for Human and Socio Economic Rights CHSR has called on the Governor of Lagos State Mr Babajide Sanwo Olu to urgently reconstitute the Lagos State Parks Management Committee The President of CHSR Mr Alex Omotehinse made the call during a press conference on Thursday in Lagos Omotehinse saud that the group had given the state government a seven day ultimatum to reconstitute the Committee for effective running of the activities of the body in the state He said that if the government failed to do so the group would seek redress in a law court According to him the step has become imperative to engender peace within the transport sector in the state He said that the peace had been tampered with following the appointment of Alhaji Musiliu Akinsanya as the Chairman for the Parks Management Committee The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the leadership crisis between the Lagos State Council of the National Union of Road Transport Workers NURTW and the Tricycle Owners and Operators Association of Nigeria TOOAN led to the suspension of the NURTW State Chairman Akinsanya by the national body Consequently the state government proscribed the state council of the NURTW and appointed a 26 man Parks Management Committee chaired by Akinsanya This development has led to violence in some parks in the state Omotehinse said that the leadership crisis rocking the NURTW and TOOAN could cause anarchy if not urgently stemmed Our interest is peace in the state Peace must be in Lagos If there is no peace there will not be progress We are not speaking for any transport unions we are speaking on behalf of the residents Many road users and pedestrians have become victims of the hooliganism and attacks by some members of these transport unions During the attacks innocent residents have always been the victims of circumstance the rights activist said He said that the tricycle union had been an affiliate of NURTW and had been operating independently as TOOAN before the Gov Babatunde Fashola SAN led administration Omotehinse said that the administration who through the then commissioner for Transportation Comrade Kayode Opeifa brokered an alliance for the affiliation of the union The rights activist who called for sincere and genuine reconciliatory intervention by the government lamented the alleged extortion of transporters and road users in the state According to him the Nigerian Labour Congress NLC ought to have found a way of resolving the dispute within its NURTW affiliate union in Lagos Ogun Ondo and Oyo States Omotehinse noted that the composition of the parks committee was at variance with the Lagos State Parks and Garden Authority law According to section 12 of the Act there shall be a general manager who will be the chief executive officer and to be responsible for the general administrative and day day activities of the park management with five other members But the committee as composed is alien to the law of the state Where in the Act as constituted and signed by law is the provision for executive chairman and governor liaison officer He said that the committee lacked fair representation of critical stakeholders hence the reason for the unrest in some parks Omotehinse said In between April 19 and April 23 over 1000 transport vehicles were vandalised and a Rainoil filling station was attacked Lagos residents have started witnessing pockets of violent activities within Lagos state metropolis in areas where the parks management committee have encroached and forcefully taken over which ought not to have arisen The State government should re trace its steps by calling both the NURTW National body the suspended Lagos State council chairman MC Oluomo and all the stakeholders in the transportation sector for a genuine dialogue in order to make an amicable resolution in the interest of peaceful co existence He also urged the Lagos State House of Assembly to organise a parley with stakeholders including civil society organisation This according to him is to debate a way forward before the issue degenerates as transport sector is one of the most critical sectors that involve all citizens He urged the police to be unbiased and neutral in the matter NAN
    Reconstitute Parks Management Committee, activists tell Sanwo-Olu
     The Centre for Human and Socio Economic Rights CHSR has called on the Governor of Lagos State Mr Babajide Sanwo Olu to urgently reconstitute the Lagos State Parks Management Committee The President of CHSR Mr Alex Omotehinse made the call during a press conference on Thursday in Lagos Omotehinse saud that the group had given the state government a seven day ultimatum to reconstitute the Committee for effective running of the activities of the body in the state He said that if the government failed to do so the group would seek redress in a law court According to him the step has become imperative to engender peace within the transport sector in the state He said that the peace had been tampered with following the appointment of Alhaji Musiliu Akinsanya as the Chairman for the Parks Management Committee The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the leadership crisis between the Lagos State Council of the National Union of Road Transport Workers NURTW and the Tricycle Owners and Operators Association of Nigeria TOOAN led to the suspension of the NURTW State Chairman Akinsanya by the national body Consequently the state government proscribed the state council of the NURTW and appointed a 26 man Parks Management Committee chaired by Akinsanya This development has led to violence in some parks in the state Omotehinse said that the leadership crisis rocking the NURTW and TOOAN could cause anarchy if not urgently stemmed Our interest is peace in the state Peace must be in Lagos If there is no peace there will not be progress We are not speaking for any transport unions we are speaking on behalf of the residents Many road users and pedestrians have become victims of the hooliganism and attacks by some members of these transport unions During the attacks innocent residents have always been the victims of circumstance the rights activist said He said that the tricycle union had been an affiliate of NURTW and had been operating independently as TOOAN before the Gov Babatunde Fashola SAN led administration Omotehinse said that the administration who through the then commissioner for Transportation Comrade Kayode Opeifa brokered an alliance for the affiliation of the union The rights activist who called for sincere and genuine reconciliatory intervention by the government lamented the alleged extortion of transporters and road users in the state According to him the Nigerian Labour Congress NLC ought to have found a way of resolving the dispute within its NURTW affiliate union in Lagos Ogun Ondo and Oyo States Omotehinse noted that the composition of the parks committee was at variance with the Lagos State Parks and Garden Authority law According to section 12 of the Act there shall be a general manager who will be the chief executive officer and to be responsible for the general administrative and day day activities of the park management with five other members But the committee as composed is alien to the law of the state Where in the Act as constituted and signed by law is the provision for executive chairman and governor liaison officer He said that the committee lacked fair representation of critical stakeholders hence the reason for the unrest in some parks Omotehinse said In between April 19 and April 23 over 1000 transport vehicles were vandalised and a Rainoil filling station was attacked Lagos residents have started witnessing pockets of violent activities within Lagos state metropolis in areas where the parks management committee have encroached and forcefully taken over which ought not to have arisen The State government should re trace its steps by calling both the NURTW National body the suspended Lagos State council chairman MC Oluomo and all the stakeholders in the transportation sector for a genuine dialogue in order to make an amicable resolution in the interest of peaceful co existence He also urged the Lagos State House of Assembly to organise a parley with stakeholders including civil society organisation This according to him is to debate a way forward before the issue degenerates as transport sector is one of the most critical sectors that involve all citizens He urged the police to be unbiased and neutral in the matter NAN
    Reconstitute Parks Management Committee, activists tell Sanwo-Olu
    General news5 months ago

    Reconstitute Parks Management Committee, activists tell Sanwo-Olu

    The Centre for Human and Socio-Economic Rights (CHSR) has called on the Governor of Lagos State, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu, to urgently reconstitute the Lagos State Parks Management Committee.

    The President of CHSR, Mr Alex Omotehinse, made the call during a press conference on Thursday in Lagos.

    Omotehinse saud that the group had given the state government  a seven-day ultimatum to reconstitute the Committee for effective running of the activities of the body in the state.

    He said that if the government failed to.do so, the group would seek redress in a law court.

    According to him, the step has become imperative to engender peace within the transport sector in the state.

    He said that the peace had been tampered with, following the appointment of Alhaji Musiliu Akinsanya as the Chairman for the Parks Management Committee.

    The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the leadership crisis between the Lagos State Council of the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) and the Tricycle Owners and Operators Association of Nigeria (TOOAN) led to the suspension of the NURTW State Chairman, Akinsanya, by the national body.

    Consequently, the state government proscribed the state council of the NURTW and appointed a 26-man Parks Management Committee chaired by Akinsanya.

    This development has led to violence in some parks in the state.

    Omotehinse said that the leadership crisis rocking the NURTW and TOOAN could cause anarchy if not urgently stemmed.

    “Our interest is peace in the state. Peace must be in Lagos. If there is no peace there will not be progress.

    “We are not speaking for any transport unions, we are speaking on behalf of the residents.

    “Many road users and pedestrians have become victims of the hooliganism and attacks by some members of these transport unions.

    “During the attacks, innocent residents have always been the victims of circumstance,” the rights activist said.

    He said that the tricycle union had been an affiliate of NURTW and had been operating independently as TOOAN before the Gov. Babatunde Fashola (SAN) led administration

    Omotehinse said that the administration, who through the then commissioner for Transportation, Comrade Kayode Opeifa, brokered an alliance for the affiliation of the union.

    The rights activist, who called for sincere and genuine reconciliatory intervention by the government, lamented the alleged extortion of transporters and road users in the state.

    According to him, the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC) ought to have found a way of resolving the dispute within its NURTW affiliate union in Lagos, Ogun, Ondo and Oyo States.

    Omotehinse noted that the composition of the parks committee was at variance with the Lagos State Parks and Garden Authority law.

    “According to section 12 of the Act, there shall be a general manager who will be the chief executive officer and to be responsible for the general administrative and day – day activities of the park management with five other members.

    “But the committee as composed is alien to the law of the state. Where in the Act, as constituted and signed by law, is the provision for executive chairman and governor liaison officer?”

    He said that the committee lacked fair representation of critical stakeholders, hence the reason for the unrest in some parks.

    Omotehinse said: “In between April 19 and April 23, over 1000 transport vehicles were vandalised and a Rainoil filling station was attacked.

    “Lagos residents have started witnessing pockets of violent activities within Lagos state metropolis in areas where the parks management committee have encroached and forcefully taken over, which ought not to have arisen.

    “The State government should re-trace its steps by calling both the NURTW National body, the suspended Lagos State council chairman MC Oluomo and all the stakeholders in the transportation sector for a genuine dialogue in order to make an amicable resolution in the interest of peaceful co-existence.”

    He also urged the Lagos State House of Assembly to organise a parley with stakeholders including civil society organisation.

    This, according to him, is to debate a way forward before the issue degenerates, as transport sector is one of the most critical sectors that involve all citizens

    He urged the police to be unbiased and neutral in the matter.

    (NAN)