Leadership (Abuja)

21 December 2012

Nigeria: Yuletide - NURTW Scribe Counsels Drivers

The Secretary of the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) in Osun, Adeyemi Ramond, has urged commercial drivers in the state to observe traffic rules to reduce auto accidents.

Ramond made the call on Friday while speaking with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on measures put in place by the union to ensure accident-free celebration during the Yuletide.

The union leader said it was better for drivers to be late in getting to their destinations than to die on the road as a result of reckless driving.

According to him, commercial drivers operating in the state are well trained and disciplined in carrying out their day-to-day activities.

"Gone are those days when people who operate motor parks are school drop-outs and derive pleasure in drinking and smoking before embarking on any journey.

"The union has come a long way in the quest of guarantee a sanitised system; we have drivers who drive decently for the safety of their passengers and their lives too.

" Everyone's life is important, that is both the passenger and the driver, so everyone of us must try to work toward bringing sanity to the roads," he said.

The NURTW scribe, however, deplored the poor condition of roads across the country, saying it is one factor responsible for fatal accidents.

"We appeal to government at all levels to ensure that the roads are motorable for the purpose of saving the lives of road users, especially during the celebration when there is going to be heavy vehicular movement," he said. (NAN)

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