The National union of road transport workers (NURTW), Bayelsa state chapter has lauded the Bayelsa state government on the Construction of the new state owned ultra modern vehicle terminal at Igbogene Community in the Yenagoa Council area of the state.
The state NURTW chairman, Comrade Dinyoerinyu Eminah gave the Commendations while speaking with Journalists on the sideline of the Union’s relationship with the government in Yenagoa, the state capital.
Eminah stated that though the project from its conceptualization to its actualization was good, the alleged plans by the government to ban tricycles, popularly called keke in parts of the state capital was a worrisome idea.
He noted that though the government through the ministry of transportation have not officially informed his union of the alleged plans, indications were high that there may be such thinking on the side of government as information reaching him from the NURTW sources confirmed that the state government has already procured an unspecified number of taxis to that effect.
The transport union chief who also lamented the growing spate of tricycle related crime and criminality in the state reaffirmed his resolve to continue partnering government and security formations to curb the menace.
He stressed, his union and the state’s ministry of transport have always had an harmonious working relationship, saying the NURTW and the ministry of transport as well as security agencies have been working collaboratively in the fight against tricycle related crime and criminality in the Yenagoa metropolis and its adjoining suburbs.
He said: “The ultra modern vehicle terminal at Igbogene is a very good project. I again want to thank the miracle Governor of the state, Senator Douye Diri for this project.But the rumours that after the completion of that project that there would be ban on tricycle (keke) in some parts of Yenagoa metropolis is what we’re not comfortable with as a union. We advise the government to have a rethink on that plan, if at all it’s true as we’ve heard.
“As a union, we’ve had a cordial working relationship with the ministry of transport. We’ve been consulting and they’ve also been consulting us as stakeholders in the transportation subsector towards the betterment of the state.
“In the area of tricycle related crime and criminality, we want to let the world know that not all the keke operating in the state that are members of the NURTW. We’ve three major transportation unions in the state and there’re some tricycles (keke) that don’t even belong to any of these unions, so for us as a union, we’ve not recorded any crime and criminality perpetrated by our union tricycle (keke).
Meanwhile, the NURTW boss has again pleaded with the prosperity government of the state headed by Governor Douye Diri to support the union with the provision of vehicles.
He noted that when such vehicles are provided it would curb the deficit in the Union faces in terms of vehicles plying various routes from and to the state, just as he stated that even if it would take the union to pay for the cost of the vehicles instalmentally, the NURTW is graciously ready to negotiate with the government on the terms of agreement on the instalment to be paid.