From Abba-Eku Onyeka, Abuja
Executive President, Road Transport Employers Association of Nigera (RTEAN), High Chief Shehu Musa Isiwele has advised drivers and passengers to be cautious while plying the roadS in this festive period.
Isiwele gave the advice when he spoke to journalists in his office in Abuja.
He said the essence of traveling to villages during festivals was to not only celebrate the festival at home, but also to meet friends one has not seen for a long time. To be able to achieve the aims, Isiwele warned against: taking alcohol before handling the steering; smoking cigarettes, answering or making telephone calls while on steering;
conversation with passengers while on steering; smoking Indian hemp before and after handling the steering. He spoke at length on the need for a driver to among others ensure, his vehicle tyres are in good condition before mounting the steering.
The executive president therefore informed that his organisation had been organising workshops for its drivers on the above mentioned. To ensure that their drivers and workers do perform their duties as expected, Shehu Musa Isiwele informed that in RTEAN, they make the welfare of their workers a priority.
He informed that they (trade unions in the transport sector) have been meeting with stakeholders like Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC),
Directorate of Road Transport Services (VIO), among others before and during this yuletide, just as he reiterated on the need for all hands to be on deck to enhance hitch free movement on the road during and after this festive period.
He however called on the government and oil marketers to ensure that the ongoing scarcity of fuel doesn’t continue for the easy movement of Nigerians in this yuletide.