President of the National Union of Road Transport (NURTW), Alhaji Tajudeen Baruwa, said the union has set machinery in motion to track its members’ vehicles while in transit on highway.
Baruwa made this known on Tuesday during a press conference in Osogbo, the Osun State capital.
He said the initiative became necessary to tackle the menace of abduction NURTW members and passengers are exposed to on the highways.
According to him, “We admonish our members to be security conscious, the issue of insecurity is worrisome. Many of our members have been kidnapped across the country. “We have lost many of them to the menace of insecurity and without compensation to their families from the government.
“So we really need to be careful and vigilant when we are on the steering. E-tracking policy will help the safety of passengers and our members after we put it to use”, he said. While calling on the government to fastrack the provision of palliative to its members, Baruwa said the Covid-19 pandemic also affected its members’ means of livelihood.
“Our members were seriously hit by the hardship brought by COVID-19. We appeal to the Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo to hasten the delivery of the palliative FG promised our members. We urge FG to make sure that our members benefit from the survival fund.”