Jonathan Owoade, the Sector Commander of Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) in Kwara, on Tuesday said its enlightenment session at the Ero Omo motor park in Ilorin metropolis was to curtail the spread of COVID-19.
Owoade said the enlightenment campaign was mandated by the Corps Marshal, Boboye Oyeyemi, after a joint stakeholders’ meeting in Abuja.
He said transport unions must ensure that their members adhered to the safety guidelines and protocols of COVID-19.
Owoade said transporters should constantly fumigate the parks and offices, while there should be provision of sanitisers as well as clean water and soap at strategic points.
He said that the use of infrared thermometer would help check passenger’s and drivers’ temperature before they embark on a journey.
“Any driver or passenger whose temperature is beyond normal should be disallowed from travelling or driving a car because such persons are unfit.
“It is dangerous to carry such a passenger because they may faint or develop severe illnesses while on the way; you should advise them to get medical help immediately.
“It is mandatory for passengers and vehicle operators to wear nose masks, maintain physical distancing and you must not carry more than 50 per cent of the capacity of your vehicle.
“Everyone must properly sanitise their hands before entering a public vehicle in order to protect themselves and avoid infecting others or contracting the virus,” he said.
The sector commander said the major cause of rise in the spread of COVID-19 was negligence by people.
Owoade implored them to work with the present reality and ensure strict compliance with the COVID-19 protocols.
He said that the park management should constantly remind their members to avoid overloading of vehicles with goods and passengers.
“The reason the virus is still spreading is because of negligence and ignorance as well as unnecessary interaction owing to familiarity.
“Do not touch passenger’s goods unnecessarily, allow them to carry their goods by themselves and if you must help, make sure you wash your hands or make use of alcohol based hand sanitisers,” he said.
Owoade said the park management should appoint officials to monitor the enforcement of the safety protocols in the park.
The Chairman of Ero Omo National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) Park, Alhaji Saka Oniyere, in his response, thanked FRSC for constantly enlightening transporters.
“We are aware of the need for social distancing and other safety guidelines, but we need to be reminded always.
“We appreciate the efforts of the FRSC in making sure that we are safe. They are our friends and we appreciate the cordial relationship that has existed between the corps and the union.
“We pray that none of us will fall victim of the coronavirus by God’s grace,” he said.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that representatives from different parks were present at the enlightenment session.
Edited By: Chidinma Agu/Mufutau Ojo) (NAN)
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