Stakeholders applaud road sector development

Golfa Francis, Abuja

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Stakeholders in the Nigeria’s road sector have lauded the improvements on the roads across the country.

The Stakeholders at a meeting in Abuja with the Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Mr. Babatunde Fashola, commended him and his team for the innovative approach to road management since the inception of the Muhammadu Buhari Administration.

At the event, President of the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW), Alhaji Najimdeem Yasin, appreciated the Minister’s efforts in executing the 2017 budgetary proposals as regards to the development of road network across the country.

He also applauded the prudent management of the nation’s scarce resources noting that the road sector in the country never had it as good as is being currently experienced despite the shortfall in the nation’s revenue generation.

However, he pointed out that it was also necessary for government to pay attention on roads that need urgent attention, to put in place a mechanism such as weighbridges, transit parks and provision of other road furniture, to institutionalize the culture of construction, rehabilitation and maintenance of roads as well as putting necessary instruments that would guide against roads abuse by the users.

He added that as a transport workers’ union occupying the leadership of the International Transport Federation and the Global Vice President, the leadership of NURTW had taken the sensitization and training of its members as it could not afford to operate short of international standard.

 “I want to assure you of our continuous support and loyalty to every initiative that will improve the safety and sustenance of roads in the Federation”. The NURTW Boss said.

Similarly, the President of the National Association of Road Transport Owners (NARTO), Alhaji Kassim Bataiya, who was recently elected as the President of the African Road Transport Union in Marrakech, Morocco, applauded the on-going rehabilitations and reconstruction of roads across the country by the Governmnet.

Noting that the government was currently raising funds from various sources to meet the required funding of roads in the country, the union President declared that this has demonstrated that in a very short time  Nigerian roads will meet the expectations of Nigerians.

He emphasized on his Union earlier called on the need for the government to ban the importation of 60,000 litres capacity trucks into the country as they were negatively impacting the roads in the country.

His Union had recommended that those constructing such trucks above 60,000 litres in the country should be warned to desist, however appealing to the government to give a five year moratorium to enable owners of such vehicles recoup their investment before the final phase out.

NARTO is also on the opinion that the Federal Government should ban the use of steel trucks and replace them with aluminum trucks because aluminum trucks are lighter in terms of weight capacity.

“We therefore pledge the support of our association to the Federal Government in all its efforts to put Nigerian roads on course” the NARTO boss declared.

In his own goodwill message, the National Chairman of the Petroleum Tankers Drivers Association, Mr. Salimon Akanni Oladiti, noted that the workshop would give participants a further insight into the developments in the road sector.

 “As major stakeholders in the Nigerian road sector, we have in recent times witnessed tremendous efforts on the part of the government which has made us to believe that the dark and horrible days of bad roads in the country will soon be over”. The Chairman declared.

“It is also important to use this opportunity to commend the Ministry of Power Works and Housing in its stride to reactivate road signage for the safety of road users which is unparalleled in the history of Nigerian roads”. Mr. Oladiti added.

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