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Inter-State travel: NURTW commends FG’s lift on ban, seeks subsidy

The National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) has commended the Federal Government for lifting the ban on Inter-State Travel in the country.

Mr. Kabiru Yau, Acting General Secretary of the union, in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) however, called on the government to subsidise the cost of transportation for motorists

According to Yau, the Coronavirus (COVID-19) guidelines by the government requires the motorists to carry fewer passengers than normal on each trip, thereby reducing the income of the motorist.

“We thank the Federal Government for lifting the ban; it is a welcome development because it is over three months that our members have been out of jobs and without income.

“At least, our people will now start working and get something to feed their families.

“But at the same time, due to the spacing in the vehicles which will require the drivers to carry only nine or ten instead of the usual 18 passengers, the income of the drivers will be reduced.

“So we want the government to help subsidise the cost of those passengers that we will not be carrying or we will have to increase our transport fare.

“This is because the money that will be generated from the reduced number of passengers will barely cover the cost of fuel for the journey that will be embarked on.

`So what is the gain? What will you give to the owner of the vehicle? So, the government should please help us look into this matter,’’ Yau added.

On maintaining the COVID-19 protocols, Yau said the union would ensure its passengers obeyed the use of face mask as any passengers without it would not be allowed to travel from its park.

“We will also ensure the provision of handwashing equipment at the various parks that we operate to ensure proper washing and sanitising of hands.

“Although, some of the additional requirements will be the responsibility of the local governments as they own most of the parks we operate on, we (NURTW) are merely tenants,” he said.

NAN reports that the Federal Government had banned inter-state travel to curb the spread of COVID-19 in the country, but announced its lift from July 1.

40 Replies to “Inter-State travel: NURTW commends FG’s lift on ban, seeks subsidy

  1. Subsidy here and there. I hope it won’t get to the point government will be asked to subsidize bride price.

  2. With the inter state ban lifted its a good news that schools will soon resume
    And the FG should please listen to MR Yay so that we passengers won’t have to pay alot of money

  3. Government effort to ease the lockdown and end inter state travel would go a long way in improving our economy. Business will now pick as expected.

  4. I pray that the transport companies and passengers will observe all the safety measures

  5. Can they really obey the rules safeguarding the lifes of citizen has to eradicate covid_19

  6. The National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) has commended the Federal Government for lifting the ban on Inter-State Travel in the country.

  7. It’s important to note that we shouldn’t abuse the privilege.
    We must continue to observe the precautionary measures in order to obviate the spread of the virus.

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