The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), Plateau Sector Command, on Friday organised an interactive forum with fleet operators and transport unions for sensitisation on COVID-19 safety protocols.
The event which took place in Jos, also had other road transport executives in attendance.
Corps Commander Isaac Akporowho, the Sector Commander, said that the interactive forum became necessary following government’s phased easing of the lockdown and the resumption of inter-state travels.
Akporowho stated that the road transport sub-sector had been one of the fronts at the receiving end of the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“It became imperative for the command to convene a stakeholders meeting to fully intimate all critical actors in the sector on the modalities for operation based on the guidelines of the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on the COVID-19.
“It is specifically related to road safety matters for stakeholders to learn and comply.
“All public transport operators should sanitise their parks/terminals regularly with emphasis on areas that people frequently come in contact with such as rails, grabs handles and seats.
“Also there should be provision at the entrance to the parks/terminals, sanitising points or hand wash equipment, with detergent and running water.
“It shall be used before and after disembarking from the vehicles and other travels safety protocols to be observed,” he said.
Elder Jonah Imok, Chairman, Road Transport Employees Association of Nigeria (RTEAN), on behalf of other stakeholders, commended the FRSC for the initiative.
Imok said that they would comply with all the safety measures and guidelines put in place
News Agency of Nigeria reports that the transport executives that attended the event include the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) and National Union of Road Transport Owners (NARTO).
Others were BLUEWHALES Transport, NASCO Group, Stanel Group, SIM-ECWA HQ, Fomdagwi Transport, Nnaemaka Transport, Elim Table Water and Peace Mass Transport.
Edited By: Chinyere Nwachukwu and Abdullahi Yusuf (NAN)
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