In the aftermath of the last ugly incident in Dutse, Jigawa state, when some members of transport unions vandalised the state Sector command office of the FRSC and loss of life of a member of transport the Corps Marshal of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC),
Dr Boboye Oyeyemi and representatives of some relevant transport unions in the state have resolved to unite against such occurrence in the future.
This was the outcome of the interactive session held between the Corps Marshal and representatives of the relevant inions operating in the state during his visit to Dutse, the state capital.
Speaking at the opening of the meeting,
The Corps Marshal described the incident as sad and a negation of the cordial relationship that has been existing between the FRSC and members of the transport union in the country.
According to him, the need for collaboration between the FRSC and members of transport unions is so strategic to the Federal that a member of road transport union has always been appointed to serve on the FRSC Board, since its inception.
This he said is necessary in view of the need to create cordial relationship between the two bodies for harmonious operations, further noting that the initiative should not be allowed to be jettisoned, no matter the level of provocation.
“Both the FRSC and the various transport union have leadership hierarchies that should have been notified of the crisis on time to intervene and prevent the fracas from degenerating to the level of losing a life and vandalism of the office complex. It was a sad development that we must neither allow to repeat in future nor affect the existing relationship between us,” the Corps Marshal stated.
Oyeyemi further spoke on the need for regular consultation between the FRSC and members of the transport unions to resolve some of the issues that could lead to misunderstanding and degenerate into breakdown of law and order, noting that as sad as the incident was, the two parties should resolve to continue to work towards reconciliation and harmony.
He appealed to the leadership of the unions to educate their members on the basic safety requirements that could lead to sanction by the patrol teams when violated, giving instances of overloading and speeding which drivers engage in with reckless abandon in the state .
In the same vein, the Corps Marshal promised to sanction any staff of the Corps that go contrary to the operational guidelines by engaging in such acts like incivility and corruption.
In their different remarks, the state chairmen of the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) and the National Association of Road Transport Owners (NARTO) as well as other officials of the unions who spoke at the meeting expressed regret over the incident.