Abuja (NAN) President of Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Ayuba Wabba, on Tuesday called on governments at all levels to evolve appropriate strategies to ensure security at motor parks.
Wabba made the call at the 8th Quadrennial National Delegate Conference of the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW), in Abuja on Tuesday.
The NLC president said this had become necessary in the wake of increasing terrorist attacks at motor parks in some parts of the country.
Wabba also called for the provision of more subsidised vehicles for transport operators to further reduce the cost of transportation nationwide.
He said since insurgency began, motor parks and markets had always been target of bombers, stressing that government should strategise on how to curtail bomb blasts.
“NURTW has, and still contributing to national development despite the state of the roads and they need security and motor-able roads.
“The porous nature of our motor parks and markets make people enter at different directions without restriction; this has to be addressed’’, he said.
Wabba said no country can develop without the development of its transport system.
He said NLC would partner with governments on zero tolerance for corruption, pointing out that the money recovered from politicians should be used to provide employment to the citizens.
He said the delegates’ conference was often used to account for the achievements of the unions and to strategise on how to respond to future challenges.
The Corps Marshal of the FRSC, Mr Boboye Oyeyemi, said the leadership of the union had transformed the union to a big organisation worthy of emulation.
Oyeyemi said FRSC had been partnering with NURTW on the issue of overloading in parks and speed limit policy which would be enforced in September.
He said the major challenge facing the union was their old vehicles which needed to be replaced.
Oyeyemi, however, advised them to always comply with the rules and regulations on the road and avoid parking wrongly on the high ways.
Mr John Chukwu, the Permanent Secretary, Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA), said it had allocated over nine hectares at Karsana for the construction of a housing estate for NUTW members.
Chukwu, represented by Alhaji Abdulahamed Suleman, Director of Transportation, urged NURTW to ensure timely completion of the housing project as well as re-energizing the high capacity bus services in the FCT.