FRSC Set To Punish NURTW Members
The state chapters of the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) have faulted the Federal Road Safety Corps for issuance of driving license to qualify drivers in the country by driving schools.
Speaking to some newsmen recently, the state secretary of the union, Alh Awalu Graba, expressed displeasure that, the national secretariat of their union recently adopted a policy that has been introduced by Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) popularly known as “road marshals” to punish some of their (NURTW) members, who started driving as conductors for almost 20 years.
He condemned the current adoption of an FRSC program, which had economic impact on motorists across the country, while lamenting that Vehicles Inspection Officers (VIOs), who are saddled with the responsibility of issuance of driving licenses, were displaced under the new policy of the national president.
According to him, ”We are sad that the federal road safety commission and the leadership of the union of FRSC are introducing ‘driving school certificate’ which must cause problem.”
Alh Garba noted that before adopting this new idea, the NURTW leadership should have made wider consultation with the key stakeholders. He said, “This is not part of our law, we are practicing democracy; so, there is need to publicize in some national dailies, or radio stations, to enlighten people on government’s intention, but that was not done.”
He lamented further that, “How can a driver, who has been driving for over 20 years and was tested under the supervision of a VIO, will be asked to pay thousands to a school before being given certificate? It’s wrong.”
He described the entire exercise as ‘illegal’, and vowed that they will not allow any group to sabotage their effort; and any attempt to force their members to abide by their wicked law would be resisted vehemently. According to Garba, “the various state chapters failed to open wider consultation with their members but embarked on this plan to frustrate us.”
Alh Garba further explained that, the serious problem affecting them in NURTW now is that most of those chairmen occupying leadership are by inheritance from their deceased parents or brothers, which hampers the progress of the union. He said, “We are expressing our dismay over lack of political will to move the association forward; after advising them to ensure that the VIO remains the only body saddled with the responsibility of issuing driving license they refused.”
Speaking also, Alh Idris Adamu, who is the national assistant secretary of the union, debunked the allegation of not involving in any financial scandal, which was spent to the national president in Zamfara state.