By Maritime Security News
As transportation stakeholders are anxiously awaiting the commencement of distribution of the 10 billion naira Federal Government Intervention fund for them, the Minister of State for Transportation, Sen. Gbemisola Saraki, has stated that only duly registered road transport unions would benefit from the fund.
Saraki while receiving a delegation of the National Commercial Tricycle and Motorcycle Owners and Riders Association ,NACTOMORAS, led by their the National President, Alhaji Muhammed Sani Hassan, tasked the executive council to ensure that their members are duly registered to be considered for the palliative.
She stressed the need for the union to synergize with other transport stakeholders especially as the Federal Government is set to release a framework for effective regulation of the transportation sector.
The Minister informed the delegation that the pandemic has necessitated the need for contact tracing of passengers as normalcy is gradually being restored in the country.
Senator Saraki also brought to the knowledge of the delegation that the Ministry was aware of the role keke and okada operators play in transportation in Nigeria, hinting that the Transport Commissioner’s Forum had also mentioned to her the essential services the operators provide.
Earlier in a remark, Alhaji Muhammed Sani Hassan, implored the Honourable Minister of State to give keke and okada operators/owners special consideration in the disbursement of the intervention fund.
According to Alhaji Sani, members of the association were most affected by the COVID-19 pandemic as the business is closest to “hand to mouth” which stripped off every little savings they made before the catastrophe due to the stay at home order of the Federal Government.
He said that it was a sigh of relief when news emerged that the Federal Government has approved a N10 billion support for road transport operators and workers to assuage their challenges and prayed the Minister to look into their plea favorably.