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,”
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
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
“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
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.