The Lagos State Government on Wednesday warned members of Road Transport Employers Association of Nigeria (RTEAN) not to disrupt the peace and tranquility being enjoyed in the state.
The Special Adviser to the Governor on Transportation, Mr Sola Giwa, gave the warning in a statement in Lagos.
He gave the warning after fracas broke out in some parts of the state, following a protest by some RTEAN members demanding the removal of the national president of their association.
Giwa said the state government was investigating the fracas that occurred at Iyana-Iba and Lagos Island earlier in the day as a result of the protest.
The Special Adviser, who addressed the protesters, called for calm, saying that the government would not tolerate the breakdown of law and order in the state.
He said that the commissioner of police had been informed and had deployed officers to the affected areas to deal with the situation.
Giwa said the state was investigating the allegations raised by the protesting association members and would resolve every lingering issue.
“The government has listened to your outcry.
“We urge you to maintain peace as we will not hesitate to invoke the Lagos State riot act when necessary”, he said.
Giwa reiterated the need for unions to always adopt peaceful ways of resolving their differences, rather than resorting to fracas and violence.
He promised to make the outcome of the investigation public when concluded.
The Road Transport Employers Association of Nigeria (RTEAN) has promised to support the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) in checking touting, thuggery and hooliganism in motor parks across the country.
RTEAN’s National President, Dr Musa Muhammed, made the pledge on Friday when he led executive members of the association on a courtesy visit to the FRSC headquarters in Abuja.
Musa said that association has the legal authority over all motor parks’ activities across the country.
He said it was also saddled with the responsibility of ensuring orderliness in the parks, as well as passengers’ welfare and safety of lives and properties.
“We are mandated to organise or participate in periodic road safety campaign aimed at educating those actively involved in road transport.
“Drivers are expected to perform their civic responsibilities to the traveling masses and to see that they understand and adhere to the existing rules, regulations and codes.
“Generally, we do all that are humanly possible to enhance the prestige and smooth progress of the road transport industry in all shapes and forms.
“We assure you of our continuous maximum cooperation and support to ensure and restore sanity on our roads,” he said.
The RTEAN boss said that the association would support the FRSC to discharge its responsibilities to road users.
In his response, Acting Corps Marshal, Dauda Biu said that partnership between both organisations in the areas of public enlightenment and education would help in curtailing road crashes.
Biu enjoined the association to ensure that its members make use of the toll free number 122 during emergencies.
He also encouraged drivers to always tune to FRSC’s National Traffic Radio 107.1fm for traffic update and to get enlightened on safety driving to avert traffic accidents.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that RTEAN is the umbrella body of all owners, unions and individuals engaged in the transportation of passengers, goods and services in Nigeria.
The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), has reinforced its partnership with the Road Transport Employers’ Association of Nigeria (RTEAN), to tackle sales of illicit drugs as well as alcoholic beverages in motor parks across the country.
This is to support the Federal Government through National Drug Law Enforcement Agency’s (NDLEA) ongoing work on War Against Drug Abuse and illicit drug trafficking in the country.
The acting Corps Marshal, FRSC, Dauda Biu said that the RTEAN, was a critical stakeholder in the fight against road crashes in the country.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that both groups strengthened their partnership when the National President, RTEAN, Dr Musa Muhammed led the association’s management team on a courtesy visit to the FRSC on Friday in Abuja.
Biu said that it was necessary to discourage sales of alcohol and other illicit substances in the motor parks to address road accidents across the country.
H said, ”we are partners in progress and we work for the same purpose.
We need your cooperation and partnership to succeed.
“Talk to your drivers to abide by the road traffic rules and regulations.
I believe they have banned illicit drug sales in most parks.
“Tell them not to drive drunk.
Drunk Driving should be discouraged.
Your drivers should be well trained and licensed before hitting the road, ” he said.
Biu said that night trips during the rainy season should be minimised as road users and motorists hardly get assistance in the night when issues arose.
He said that ember months and their attendant hazards should be noted, adding that members should key into Speed Limiting Device (SLD).
“Members need to apply extra caution while driving during this rainy season.
Ensure that the vehicles to be used are duly licensed to drive,” he said.
The acting Corps Marshal urged the association to ensure that their vehicles were duly registered also as it would enhance security in the country.
Earlier, the National President, RTEAN, Dr Musa Mohammed said that it was important to note that issues of safety on the roads were so critical, hence, no one , particularly the transporters should treat them with levity.
Muhammed said that huge investments and probably lives would be affected in the event of accidents adding that caution against such was needed.
“If everybody, the commuters, pedestrians and transporters, understand clearly what should be done while on the roads, there will be sanity on our roads and economic growth will be enhanced.
“We assure you of our readiness to work with you, no matter what it takes.
” It is our belief that partnering with you for the purpose of achieving total sanity and encouraging a road safety culture in Nigeria will definitely produce positive results.
” This is in the transport sub-sector of the Nigerian economy, especially when all necessary resources, human and material are put together, ” he said.
The Road Transport Employers Association of Nigeria (RTEAN), Kwara branch, has called on Gov.AbdulRahman AbdulRazak to help improve the welfare of its members.
This is contained in a statement issued in Ilorin on Monday by the state Chairman of RTEAN, Alhaji AbdulRahman Onikijipa, after a courtesy visit.
Onikijipa commended AbdulRazak for being supportive to the union activities ever since his emergence.
“Your excellency, I would like to deliver the appreciation and loyalty messages of the national and state leadership of RTEAN to you.
“We are proud of your achievements since inception of your administration.
Mostly your support in the provision of 25 mini buses to our members to ply various routes in Kwara.
“We seek more of your support and improved welfare of our members as we continue to be law abiding organisation in the state,” said the chairman.
Onikijipa assured the governor of his organisation’s commitment toward ensuring an improved transport system in the state.
According to the statement, the chairman presented corporate profile of RTEAN to the governor.
Responding, AbdulRazaq commended RTEAN for their commitment towards improving transportation in the state.
The governor charged the union to continue to discharge their duty with honesty and determination.
He assured of his administration’s resolve to improve transportation in the state.
Mr Omodele Ibrahim, President, Epe Ogunmodede Club, in Epe Division, has advised motorists to desist from drinking alcohol before and while driving on the road to save lives.
Ibrahim gave the advice during the of three traffic control booths to traffic wardens in Epe on Sunday.
He said that the development became necessary in order to support the government’s transformation agenda on improved security systems in the society.
He added that this was part of the club’s Corporate Social Responsibility to the community.
“The traffic stand wi;; serve as a shade for the officers controlling the traffic, and also, encourages them to do their work better.
“The gesture is also to provide convenience for the road traffic controllers while on duty.
This will also help to reduce accidents on the highway,’’ Ibrahim said.
The club president, however, sympathised with the family of those who lost their loved ones in a ghastly motor accident that claimed 16 lives along the Epe expressway recently.
“May all the departed souls rest in peace, and May God gives their families the fortitude to bear the irreparable lost’’.
Ibrahim equally advised the traffic officers to make best use of the stand and be regular at their duty post to control traffic.
Meanwhile, the Chairman of Epe local government, Princess Surah Animashaun applauded the gesture of Ogunmode Club for providing a shade to the traffic controllers on the expressway.
Animashaun, who was represented by Mr Ibrahim Oyase, reaffirmed that the development would assist in reducing accidents on the highway.
“This idea is to complement government efforts towards the development of the community.
However, the council is ready and willing to identify with developmental initiatives like this.
“Therefore, the council is available for more collaboration with Ogunmodede club and other entities,’’ Animashaun said.
Similarly, Mr Saliu Okulu, the immediate past president of the club, commended the club for a job well done.
Okulu urged the present executives of the club to maintain and sustain the good job on community development and security matters across Epe Division.
Also, Mr Taiwo Oresanya, Chairman, Road Transport Employer Association of Nigeria (RTEN), appreciated Ogunmodede club.
Oresanya added that the idea would help instigate high presence of traffic personnel on the highway to monitor and control motorists daily.
“This is a commendable effort; I will relay the information to our fellow road users to be law abiding, and also to always obey traffic rules and regulations’’.
He stressed that RTEN would continue to advise and sensitise its members to stop consuming alcohol while driving.
Earlier, Mr Promise Iriogbe, from the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), promised the club to make adequate use of the traffic booths for regulating and controlling traffic on the highway.
“FRSC will not relent in sensitising and educating motorists on the decent ways to use the roads to avoid any forms of accidents and also to save lives.
“We have been up and doing in discharging our responsibilities and we will continue to do so.
“We appreciate the of the traffic control booths to officers; this will help in providing shades for our officers for efficient and effective discharge of their duties,’’ Iriogbe said.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that personalities who attended the event included officers from the Nigeria Police, FRSC, Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA), RTEAN), traditional rulers and many others.
The Kwara branch of Road Transport Employers Association of Nigeria (RTEAN) has lauded the transformation of the association under its National President, Alhaji Musa Maitakobi.
Alhaji Abdulrahman Onikijipa, the state Chairman of RTEAN, who also doubled as the National Principal Organising Secretary of the union, made the commendation in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Ilorin.
Onikijipa fielded questions as the association celebrate its 44th anniversary.
He described Maitakobi as a ‘God sent’ leader under whom the ssociation had witnessed tremendous growth within a short spell.
Maitakobi, he said, had written his name in gold, even though he took over the mantle of power on Oct. 13, 2020.“We are all pleased with his achievement so far.
Maitakobi is a good leader in whom we are all pleased.
RTEAN has become a success story under him.
“He left no stone untouched.
He is a good manager who prioritise hard work and welfarism of his workers.
“Among his numerous achievements is that he instilled discipline in RTEAN; he created RTEAN Marshals, which allows us to man our parks for and by ourselves.
“He built offices across the country to accommodate workers and as well re-introduced uniform among others,” he listed.
The chairman, however, tasked workers in the union to emulate the good gesture and hard work of the executive president to ensure RTEAN continue to grow.
He advocated maximum cooperation and unity among workers in order to ensure continuous growth in the union.
NAN reports that RTEAN will clock 44 years on Aug. 15.
The Road Transport Employers Association of Nigeria (RTEAN), Kwara chapter, has commenced the use of the detective scanners across motor parks in the state.
The state Chairman of the union, Alhaji Abdulrahman Onikijipa, disclosed this in Ilorin on Tuesday while handing over the apparatus to the RTEAN Marshals at the State Secretariat of the union.
Onikijipa said the first phase of the exercise would start from Ilorin branches and extended across 16 local government areas of the state.
“The electronic metal detector will go across the states.
It is not limited to Ilorin motor parks.
We want to boost travellers confidence in the parks.
“We urge members of the union to cooperate with the Union Marshals for effective service delivery.
No park will be left out,” he assured.
According to him, the RTEAN is following the directive of the National President of the union, Doctor Musa Maitakobi, due to the security challenges facing the country.
He, however, advised all branch chairmen of RTEAN in the state to support those in-charge of the electronic metal detectors and car magnetometer security apparatus.
The chairman also called on his members to report any suspicious movement in their respective branches to security agencies.
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.
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.
Chairman of Road Transport Employers Association of Nigeria (RTEAN) in Kwara, Alhaji Abdulrahman Olayinka-Onikijipa, has urged Muslim faithful to use the occasion of Eid-el Kabir festival to promote and embrace peace.
Olayinka-Onikijipa made the call while speaking with News Agency of Nigeria in Ilorin on Friday, against the background of this year’s Sallah celebrations.
He called on Nigerians, irrespective of their ethnic and religious affiliations, to use the festive period to pray for the unity and progress of the country.
The RTEAN boss, however, warned motorists against reckless driving before, during and after the celebrations.
“As Muslim faithful in Nigeria join their counterparts across the world to mark this year’s Eid-el-Kabir, I call on them to be good ambassadors of Islam and continue to promote peace.
“All road users as well as pedestrians should be cautious during this season. They should drive carefully and avoid overloading and speeding,” he said.
“I wish the government and good people of Kwara and members of RTEAN happy Sallah celebrations,’’ Olayinka-Onikijipa said.