Alhaji Lai Mohammed, the Minister of Information and Culture has urged the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) to work in collaboration with the government in eradicating crime on the highways of the country.
Minister Lai Mohammed stated this during the 9th Quadrennial Conference of the NURTW in Abuja on Thursday.
“Let me use this important occasion to once again call on you to support this government as it evolves innovative measures to tackle the challenge of insecurity on our roads.
“The Union can specifically support the government in the fight against insecurity by providing timely information to the security agencies, particularly on all the black spots on the nation’s highways.
Whether on intra or inter-state journey, your members crisscross the length and breadth of this vast nation and, collectively, have great access to information that can help to make our roads safer.
“As government continues to frontally tackle the menace of insecurity, it is incumbent on all of us to collaborate in order to address the kidnapping, armed robbery and other forms of insecurity on our roads,”
The minister stated his awareness of the NURTW to have gone through years of loss mostly on the road due to insecure state on the highways meanwhile he appreciated NURTW for their effort and faithfulness to the country, Nigeria.
He also stated that the Administration of Buhari is striving to eradicate the insecurities on the highways.
According to Lai Mohammed “The security agencies are adopting creative ways, including the deployment of technology, to stem the tide of insecurity on the highways. The government is also investing massively in the provision of critical infrastructure to enable you to discharge your duties effectively and efficiently. As a matter of fact, no government has invested more in infrastructural development than the Buhari Administration. As I speak, there is at least one federal road under construction in each of the country’s 36 states and the federal capital territory,”
The minister said that $650 million Presidential Fundraising has been set up and it is to speed up the construction project on the Second Niger Bridge, Lagos-Ibadan Expressway, East-West Road, Abuja-Kano Expressway and the Mambilla Hydro-electric Project.
“There is no better demonstration of President Buhari’s commitment to deliver on critical infrastructure across the country,” he said
He also gave responsibilities to members of the NURTW to make sure passengers are secured as well as adhering to all traffic signs, caution against drug abuse and thuggery.
Source: Naija News