By Maritime Security News
|The distribution of the ten billion naira Federal Government palliative fund for stakeholders in the transport sector of the economy is to begin soon.|
This is as the Federal Ministry of Transportation has constituted a committee to draw up guidelines for the disbursement of the palliative fund.
The Minister of State for Transportation, Sen. Gbemisola Saraki, made this known Yesterday, September 10, during a courtesy call on him by the immediate past National President, National Union of Road Transport Workers ( NURTW) Alhaji Najumdeen Yasin, and the current president Prof. Tajudeen Ibikunle Lawal in Abuja.
Senator Saraki said members of the committee to set guidelines for the distribution of the palliative were drawn from the Ministry of Transportation and all other relevant stakeholders in the transportation sector.
To avoid delays in the distribution of the funds, as well as ensure that it gets to all qualified transport operators and workers, she urged the unions to interface towards having one recognized body that the Ministry can deal with.
Congratulating the new NURTW President Minister stated that the tasks before him is daunting but not insurmountable and urged him to continue to steer the affairs of the union in the right direction.
She commended transporters for their perseverance during the lockdown despite the fact that their livelihood was disrupted by safety protocols put in place by government to curb the spread of the pandemic.
She went on to appreciate the fact that the transport sector has continued to thrive through dedication of stakeholders, assuring them that with the renewed effort by government to position the sector, soon transporters will start enjoying improved working condition, and better service delivery to over 90% of Nigerians that travel by road.
The former President, NURTW, Alhaji Najumdeen Yasin, had said that the purpose of their visit was to officially present to her the new National President of the Union as well as tell her to disregard the numerous associations posing as representatives of road transport workers and operators.
He noted that the NURTW which has existed for 21 years is the only recognized representative of road transport workers and that the transport Ministry should do well to work with it.
On his part, the new National President, of the union Prof. Tajudeen Ibikunle Lawal, while thanking the Minister of State for granting them audience stated that NURTW members suffered directly and indirectly during the pandemic and prayed that the Ministry concedes a larger portion of the palliative to its members.ReplyForward