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NURTW silent on postponement of elections

Yasin told the News Agency of Nigeria (NNN) on phone that the union had no comment to give on the postponement of the elections.

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Lagos, Feb. 16, 2019 (NNN) Alhaji Nojeeem Yasin, President of the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) on Saturday maintain silence on the postponement of the general elections in the country.

Yasin told the News Agency of Nigeria (NNN) on phone that the union had no comment to give on the postponement of the elections.

The union signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on logistics for movement of election materials and personnel.

Yasin told NNN: “I have no comment. No comment.’’

A NNN correspondent, who monitored the traffic situation on Lagos roads, observed that the ever-busy roads in the state were free as at 9 a.m.

Mr Bisi Kazeem, Public Education Officer, Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) told NNN that the corps would go back to the drawing board following the latest development.

“We have to abide by the postponement and go back to the drawing board.

“As a critical stakeholder, we are very sure that we are going to be part of the briefing by INEC scheduled for 2:00 p.m. in Abuja to take further instructions,’’ Kazeem said.

Mr Hyginus Omeje, the Sector Commander, FRSC, Lagos State, said that the corps was awaiting directives from its headquarters in Abuja, saying that the officers of the corps already deployed for the elections were at alert for further directives.

Several residents of the state, who spoke with NNN expressed disappointment over the postponement of the elections, saying that it had affected their plans and programmes.

Miss Lydia Gbegbeje, an Event Planner in Somolu, Lagos, said that the postponement was not good for her at all.

According to Gbegbeje, there are many events already scheduled for Feb. 23 but the events would have to be shifted because of the elections.

She urged the commission and politicians to always consider the ordinary people before taking any decision.

Mr Oluwole Adigun, an electrician, said: “The postponement has affected my work and so many people.

“I think INEC is not fair by telling us it is 100 per cent prepared for election and at the last minute, discovered logistics problems. This is not good at all. INEC did not do its home work well.”

A tricycle operator, Mr Samson Aderibigbe, said that the reasons for the postponement should have been explained before now.

“What was wrong was that it should not be the same Saturday when elections were to hold that INEC would announce postponement. It is very bad,’’ he said. (NNN)
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Health

COVID-19:  PTF urges banks, NURTW to comply strictly with guidelines

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The Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 has urged banks and the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) to comply with guidelines set to ease the lockdown order.

The Minister of Information, Culture and Tourism, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, said this at the PTF daily press briefing on Monday in Abuja.

Mohammed also called on Nigerians to exercise patience in their bid to use the bank, adding that though the pandemonium experienced today in banks across the country was not unexpected.

He added that there was no need to engage in panic withdrawals.

According to him, the Federal Government has discussed with banks to constantly restock their Automated Teller Machines (ATMs) in order to forestall crowding.

The minister also asked the leadership of NURTW to warn their members to adhere strictly to transportation guidelines on COVUD-19.

He said that commercial vehicles are permitted to carry only between 40 per cent and 60 per cent of their capacity.

The minister noted that NURTW members were not immune against the virus and must, therefore, ensure strict compliance to protocol.

This, he said, was to curtail the spread of the disease, adding that the PTF would continue its sensitisation and mobilisation in this regard.

Mohammed also commended the media over the role they are playing in combating the pandemic.

He said that the fight against COVID-19 would have been made difficult without the role of the journalist.

“The fight against COVID-19 has been made difficult by fake news, so we are to rely on you journalists for accurate news,’’ he said.

He described journalists as the hero of COVID-19 pandemic, while calling on them not to relent until the virus is defeated.

The minister’s commendation is coming against the backdrop of the celebration of World Press Day, which was marked on May 1 across the world.

Mohammed said he had a sacred obligation to pay tribute to journalists on the world press freedom day.

Also, the minister of the Environment, Muhammad Mahmood said that the ministry was in the process of disinfecting public schools across the country so as to curtail the COVID-19 pandemic.

Mahmood said that the move became necessary as the school prepared to resume.

The minister added that the ministry had built capacity for continuous advocacy on the containment of COVID-19.

Edited By: Angela Okisor/Abdulfatah Babatunde (NAN)

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Abba Kyari: NURTW condoles with Buhari, Nigerians

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The Nigeria Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) has condoled with President Muhammadu Buhari and Nigerians on the death of the president’s Chief of Staff (COS), Malam Abba Kyari.

Dr Ibikunle Baruwa, NURTW President, said this in a statement made available to newsmen on Monday in Abuja.

“We wish to commiserate with your Excellency, our dear President and the people of the Federal Republic of Nigeria on the passing  on of your Chief of Staff, Malam Abba Kyari.

“By the demise of Kyari, a detribalised Nigerian, the nation has indeed lost a great and dedicated statesman who is very passionate about the unity and development of our dear country.

“His death is not only very painful to you Mr President, members of his family and friends, but also to the entire people of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

“We should however, all take solace in the fact that he died in active service to his fatherland. The vacuum created by his demise will indeed be difficult to fill.

“Once again on behalf of the entire members of the union across the country, I extend our deepest sympathy to President Buhari and the entire nation, while praying that Almighty Allah grant his soul eternal rest in Jannah,’’ Baruwa said.

Edited By: Gregg Mmaduakolam/Ismail Abdulaziz (NAN)

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COVID-19 :NURTW wants FG to extend palliatives to its members

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The Nigerian Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) says its members are in need of palliatives from government, since 95 per cent of them are informal workers and do not earn salaries.

Mr Kabiru Ya’u, the Acting General Secretary of the union told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja on Monday.

He reiterated the union’s commitment to supporting the Federal Government’s effort to curtail the spread of the deadly Coronavorus (COVID-19) in the country.

According to Ya’u , the union has directed all its members to observe the lockdown, except for some staff in the finance department who will provide skeletal services when needed.

He said : “Only skeletal operations are done in some States where lockdown is not imposed. Interstate operations is mostly down.

“The union will cooperate with government in whatever way possible to eradicate or mitigate the impact of Covid-19 nation wide.

“We are also in need of palliatives from government, especially since 95 per cent of our members are informal workers and do not earn salaries.”

Ya’u said that measures had been taken by the union to curtail spread of the virus and there was no reported case of coronavirus outbreak in any motor park across the country.

He said the union was also working on contingency plans to prepare for any unknown outcome that may arise. (NAN)

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COVID-19: We also need palliatives — NURTW

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The Nigerian Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) says its members are in need of palliatives from government, since 95 per cent of them are informal workers and do not earn salaries.

Mr Kabiru Ya’u, the Acting General Secretary of the union told the News Agency of Nigeria in Abuja on Monday.

He reiterated the union’s commitment to supporting the Federal Government’s effort to curtail the spread of the deadly Coronavorus (COVID-19) in the country.

According to Ya’u , the union has directed all its members to observe the lockdown, except for some staff in the finance department who will provide skeletal services when needed.

He said : “Only skeletal operations are done in some States where lockdown is not imposed. Interstate operations is mostly down.

“The union will cooperate with government in whatever way possible to eradicate or mitigate the impact of Covid-19 nation wide.

“We are also in need of palliatives from government, especially since 95 per cent of our members are informal workers and do not earn salaries.”

Ya’u said that measures had been taken by the union to curtail spread of the virus and there was no reported case of coronavirus outbreak in any motor park across the country.

He said the union was also working on contingency plans to prepare for any unknown outcome that may arise. 

Edited By: Edith Bolokor/Oluwole Sogunle (NAN)

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Covid-19: NURTW urges FG, State govt on policies to mitigate spread

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Nigeria Union of Road Transport workers (NURTW) have urged Federal and State Governments to implement policies that would mitigate spread of the Coronavirus in motor parks across the country.

Prof. Ibikunle Baruwa, the President of NURTW made the call in a statement on Wednesday in Abuja.

Baruwa said: ”We wish to appeal to the Federal and State Governments to come up with strategies to mitigate the spread and impact of the dreaded Corona Virus in motor parks as well as other highly populated locations in the nation.

“To enable transporters continue operations even during a potential outbreak, government must help us implement policies and strategies to ensure the safety of members, employees and customers against Coronavirus infection.

“ Measures to be taken should include advocacy and immediate testing of motor park users to sensitise travelers on safety steps to prevent spread of the corona virus.

“ These measures will go a long way towards preventing infected travelers from spreading the disease to residents of the destination states and vice versa.’’

Baruwa urged passengers and drivers to cooperate with the union’s local branches, instructed to provide running water and soap and ensure everyone to wash and sanitise their hands before embarking on any journey.

He said drivers are expected to provide alcohol-based sanitisers in their vehicles for use by commuters and avoid overcrowding and over loading of vehicles.

He added that the union would also set up coronavirus task force committees to monitor any suspicious case and report immediately to relevant health authorities.

While restating the effect of the virus on transport systems across the globe, Baruwa noted that measures to curtail its spread in the country could not be over emphasised.

According to the president, there have not been any reported case of the outbreak in any motor park across the country and most road transport service have been operating on their normal schedule.

Baruwa said that in recognition of steps by the government to curtail spread of the virus, and concern of the union for welfare and safety of its workers, all staff on grade level 12 and below should stay home from March 25.

He added that staff on grade level 13 and above would continue to provide skeletal services for the union during the period.

Edited By: Ismail Abdulaziz
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COVID-19: NURTW tasks members on social distancing, hygiene

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The Nasarawa State chapter of National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) has called on its members to practise social distancing in the course of their duties.

The state NURTW Chairman, Alhaji Salihu Adamu, told the Nigeria News Agency , on Wednesday, in Lafia that social distancing would help in containing the spread of COVID-19.

Adamu said that it was imperative for members to complement the state government’s efforts at ensuring that the spread of the virus into the state was well contained.

He enjoined the motorists and other union members to desist from staying together in large numbers in all motor parks in the country to avoid infection.

Adamu also warned members against overloading their vehicles, adding that anyone found flouting the directives would be sanctioned.

He enjoined members to always maintain personal and environmental hygiene, both at home and at motor parks.

Adamu said that the union had been allowed by government to check and test commuters to ensure that infected persons were not allowed to interact with the public.

“Government has promised to supply our members and motor parks with face mask, sanitisers and testing kits,” he said.

Adamu also announced the union’s plan to demolish all illegal motor parks in the state to make commuters travel from authorised motor parks.

He said that the union was prepared to support government’s efforts at promoting cleanliness and orderliness in the state.

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Covid-19: Plateau NURTW directs parks to create 2 points for hand washing

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The National Union of Road Transport Workers  (NURTW) Plateau council, has directed all parks to create two points for hand washing as precautionary measures against coronavirus.

The NURTW Chairman in Plateay, Mr Yusha’u Muhammad, disclosed this in an interview with the Nigeria News Agency on Friday in Jos.

He said that once a driver or passenger arrived in the park after security checks they are expected to wash their hands, before boarding a vehicle.

Muhammad also said that the drivers have been sensitised on the Covid-19 and the importance of adhering to health tips measures provided by the World Health Organisation (WHO) and the Federal and State Ministries of health.

The chairman, however said that the parks where yet to get  infrared thermometers to help check the temperatures of drivers and passengers.

He appealed to the state government to help provide the thermometers for the parks.

He further disclosed that most petroleum stations in the state are yet to comply with the directives of the federal government of selling the Premium Motor Spirit (PMS) at the stipulated price of N125 per litre.

Muhammad said that most petroleum stations were saying that they are yet to get letters instructing them to sell at the new price.

He however didn’t disclose if the new pump price of PMS would cause a reduction in the cost of transportation in the state.

Muhammad also appealed to the state government to provide terminal parks for articulated vehicles in the state, as most the articulated vehicle park along the way and obstructs the free flow of vehicular traffic.

“We need the government to provide terminal parks where we can park our articulated vehicles and we also need parks where our buses and cars can be parked,” he said.

He further appealed to the state government to do away with illegal motor parks, pointing that some people with ulterior motives use those parks to carryout nefarious acts against the passengers.

“We have written so many letters to the state government to do away with illegal motor parks as some people with ulterior motives use those parks to carryout nefarious activities against the passengers”,he said .

Edited By: Sadiya Hamza
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NURTW urges Lagos Assembly Speaker to resolve union leadership position

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The National Union of Road Transport Workers, Agege Branch ‘B’, has appealed to Mr Mudashiru Obasa, Speaker, Lagos State House of Assembly (LAHA), to play fatherly role to resolve leadership tussle in the union.

Alhaji Kamoru Balogun, Treasurer of the union, told the Nigeria News Agency on Thursday in Lagos that the speaker has key role to play in ensuring peace reign among the union’s leaders.

“Our union members are peaceful in Agege, no conflict, but the only challenge we are facing now is that of leadership position.

“We want the honourable speaker to help resolve it to avoid undue political interference,” he said.

Commenting, Mr Gambi Olaojo, the union Secretary, Mangoro Unit, appealed to the state chapter of the union to find solution to the chapter’s leadership tussle in Agege.

Also, Mr Akeem Olayiwola, the union Secretary, Mosalasi Phase 2, said: “Most of us have been in the union for many years.

“The leadership position here is turn by turn, and we know the next chairman either by election or through consensus.

“We don’t want political influence so as to maintain sanity among the union members,” he said.

Mr Olayiwole Quadri, Finance Clerk of the union, said, “for many months now, we have been expecting the state council to give us go ahead to choose our chairman.

“But due to one influence or the other till now, no response from them.

“We know the next person to become the unit chairman. He is Alhaji Kamoru Adaba.

“All memners of the union have given him support up to the state council.” 

Edited By: Olagoke Olatoye
(NAN)

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Calm returns to Kwara community after NURTW clash

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Calm has returned to Offa Garage area of Ilorin, the Kwara capital, after a fracas between two factions of the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) in the state.

The Nigeria News Agency reports that business activities and vehicular movement were grounded on Friday as factional members wielding cutlasses attacked one another.

The violence led to many business owners in the area quickly closing shop and scampering for safety.

Confirming the incident, the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) in Kwara, DSP Ajayi Okasanmi, said the clash was between two groups of the union.

“There was an attack among members of the union. The police were alerted and we directed policemen to go there.

“Some injured persons have been taken to the hospital while investigation is ongoing and the situation is calm,” Okasanmi said.

Inspite of rumours of loss of lives, the PPRO said he was yet to confirm anyone dead.

“I have not gotten full details of the incident, people have been confirmed to have been injured, but I will get back to you when I get the full details, ” Okasanmi said.

He said no fewer than seven police vehicles had been deployed in the area to maintain peace while investigation and consultation were ongoing.

The Chief Medical Director of Yusjib Industrial Medicare Hospital, Ilorin, Dr Yusuf Abdulraheem, said he had treated a patient injured in the incident.

The medical practitioner, however, said he rejected another victim brought to his hospital in a tricycle, saying he was immediately referred to the University of Ilorin Teaching Hospital.

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Edited By: Abiodun Esan/Mufutau Ojo)
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