Even because the train to impound all rickety autos plying Nigerian roads by the Federal Street Security Corps (FRSC) has began at the moment, transporters and motorists working in Osun State have kicked in opposition to the directive of the Corps Commander, Boboye Oyeyemi to its zonal and sector commanders.
The transporters who spoke with DAILY POST acknowledged that the highway security watchdog was not being honest with the directive.
They revealed that the rationale for the directive is questionable as the federal government has a much bigger position to play in guaranteeing the prevention of accidents on the highway and autos being in good working situation.
A transporter, Fatai Akeem, acknowledged that the federal government by means of the highway security fee got here out with the directive however have did not put in place amenities that may support in retaining autos in good working circumstances.
“Our autos are good after we purchase them newly regardless that most are pretty used. Once they begin plying the roads, we begin encountering totally different issues.
“It’s no secret that Nigeria has one of many worst highway programs on the earth. We virtually drive our autos on stones, paths and filth roads. At occasions, a journey of an hour might final for 4 or 5 hours relying on how unhealthy the roads are, but the federal government is laying the blames on the toes of the transporters. Who is absolutely responsible?”
For Aderemi Muftau, the federal government must be sued for losing the lives of their members through the years.
In his phrases, “we’ve misplaced good members through the years as a result of unhealthy situation of our roads. When this occurs, who mourns with us? Who takes care of the widows and kids of our departed members? It’s the transport unions that try this after they have the monetary functionality to do it.
“Most accidents that declare lives of our members will not be as a result of we drive carelessly, however it’s as a result of the roads are unhealthy and might’t be negotiated however as a result of we’ve to outlive, we’ve no selection than to make use of them. Generally, we’re fortunate to go and are available and generally, a few of us go and don’t come again.”
He disclosed that when their members are concerned within the accidents, it’s the native department of the transport unions that arranges for such member to be introduced again.
Transporters from the Olaiya, Ayegbaju Stadium, Ota-Efun, Oke-Fia, Dada Property, who engaged DAILY POST maintained that even though their autos could also be rickety, the engines nonetheless function at optimum ranges.
Nonetheless, passengers who additionally bared their minds welcomed the event and famous that the rickety autos made travelling uncomfortable. However they referred to as on the corps to pressurize authorities to offer good roads that may enhance on the well-being of economic autos.
Talking on the event, the Osun Sector Commander of the FRSC, Mrs. Kudirat Ibrahim disclosed that the train goes to start out at the moment and personnel of the corps could be posted to main roads the place free security checks could be performed and rickety autos could be impounded particularly these which can be carrying passengers.
She defined that the train isn’t going to be for less than industrial autos however will reduce throughout all autos.
In her phrases, “you’ll know a rickety automobile if you see one. They are going to be impounded, fines will probably be paid, and they are going to be launched after cost and suggested to have their autos mounted. We may even proceed to monitored them.”
Persevering with, she stated that, “Roads don’t make autos unhealthy. There may be want for upkeep and we lack that tradition in Nigeria.
“Whether or not the roads are good or unhealthy, as a automobile proprietor, there’s want for upkeep, servicing and spare half modifications. With this, the autos will probably be in good situation.
“They only need to maximize revenue. They’re earning profits from transport enterprise, however they don’t simply need to preserve these autos. The Nigerian public ought to say no to that as a result of it’s a harmful precedent.
“There’s a want to speak to them. We’re going spherical the varied motor parks, radio and tv. Crashes happen mainly as a consequence of driver’s fault and mechanical failure from lack of upkeep”, she added.