…As Atiku pledges to resuscitate Delta seaports***
The Association of Maritime Truck Owners (AMATO) and National Union of Petroleum and Gas Workers (NUPENG) may actually not be in the know of Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) restriction order on trucks, tankers and other articulated vehicles in Lagos State.
The President of AMATO, Chief Remi Ogungbe, the South-West Zonal Chairman of NUPENG, Mr Tayo Aboyeji confirmed this in Lagos, saying the FRSC never informed the stakeholders of any movement restriction against the articulated vehicles for February 1, 2, and February 8 and 9.
The FRSC on Wednesday directed the restriction following the plan hosting of the 2019 Access Bank International Marathon by Lagos State scheduled to hold on Friday and Saturday.
The FRSC Lagos State Sector Commander, Mr Hyginus Omeje who said the decision was reached at the end of meeting of heads of security and traffic management agencies in the state, also confirmed that the traffic managers’ critical decision was merely announced on air.
Members of the public are yet to understand whether the oversight was based on carelessness, impunity or deliberate effort to ignite another crisis before elections.
“The Federal Road Safety Corps wishes to inform the motoring public that there will be restrictions of movement for trailers, tankers and other articulated vehicles into Lagos state on the following days: Feb.1, Feb. 2, Feb. 8 and Feb. 9.
“This decision is in the general interest of the motoring public and also targeted at ensuring free flow of traffic and forestall security breaches on the highways and other roads on the stated days,” Omeje said.
In his reactions, Chief Ogungbe said the association was not carried along in the restriction decision.
“If it is for the marathon race, the association will see what we can do because it is of national interest.
“Although, I am not aware of this restriction before now, we know how to get our members to comply with this short notice,” he said.
Also, Mr Tayo Aboyeji, the South-West Zonal Chairman of NUPENG, said that the union was also not aware of the restriction decision.
Aboyeji said that other members like Petroleum Tanker Drivers were not also aware of the proposed restriction of movement.
According to him, we are actually aware of the marathon race through the media, but not the restriction of movements for members of our union.
“If we were involved in the meeting, we would have suggested alternative routes as the race is not going to be all over the metropolis.
“Our restriction to Lagos for two days will send wrong signal to Nigeria that the tanker drivers are on strike again.
“But, if we were duly informed, we would have known how to manage the situation.
“Many tankers come into Lagos daily all over the nation, how do we now stop them from entering since they were not informed,” the NUPENG leader said.
Aboyeji said that the security chiefs did not consider the unions to be important, which he said was the more reason for not involving the union in their decision.
“Let us see how many tankers they can stop at the toll gate.
“We are peace loving people; we will see how to manage the situation before the close of work,” he highlighted further.
Responding to the unions’ claims of non-involvement, Omeje, on behalf of other sister agencies, said, “That is why we went on air to inform the general public about the restriction’’.
In the meantime, the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Alhaji Atiku Abubakar has pledged to resuscitate the three seaports in Delta, if elected.
He made the pledge during the PDP presidential rally on
Thursday at the
Stephen Keshi Stadium in Asaba.
“I want to commend the good people of Delta State for their loyalty to PDP over the years.
“I have come here today to seek your mandate in my quest to serve our great country Nigeria.
“Let me assure you that if you elect me as your president, I will do three major things for the people of this state.
“First and foremost, I will ensure the resuscitation of the three seaports in Delta that have been left dead over the years.
“Secondly, I will complete all abandoned Federal Government projects in the state.
“Thirdly, my adminstration will ensure urgent completion of
the second Niger Bridge that the present government
is playing with.
“I urge the people to vote for the PDP.”
The National Chairman of PDP, Uche Scondus, also urged the people of Delta to ensure they have their voter cards.
He appealed to the people to go out on election day and vote the PDP at all levels “for a progressive Nigeria.
“I want you all to make sure you have your voter cards because that is the only way you can effect the change we all need.
“I urge you to vote for the PDP at all levels, that is the only way we can effect the change we all need for our nation to move forward.”
Secondus called on the Independent National Electoral Commission to be above-board in the conduct of the elections.
In a remark, Dr Bukola Saraki, the Director-General of the PDP Presidential Campaign Organisation, also urged the people to vote for PDP.