Government Wants Collaboration Of NURTW’S To Fight Insecurity 

Yemisi Izuora 

The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, has

sought the support of the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW), in the ongoing efforts of government to rid the nation’s highways of violent crimes.

The Minister made the call in Abuja on Thursday at the 9th Quadrennial

Conference of the NURTW.

“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,”

he said.

Alhaji Mohammed, who said he is aware that the NURTW has borne the

brunt of the years of infrastructural decay, especially in the area of

roads, and insecurity on the highways, commended the organization for

its abiding faith in the country as it has persevered against all

odds.

He said the Buhari Administration is reversing the trend of insecurity

and infrastructural decay by evolving innovative ways to fight

insecurity and making massive investment in the provision of critical

infrastructure.

“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.

He said the setting up of the $650 million Presidential Infrastructure

Fund is aimed at accelerating the ongoing construction work 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,” Alhaji

Mohammed.

The Minister also tasked members of the NURTW to always ensure the

safety of their passengers by obeying all traffic rules and

regulations, shunning drug abuse and thuggery.

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