Idris Ahmed, Lokoja.
Kogi state Deputy Governor Chief Edward Onoja has called on the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) to join forces with security agencies and other volunteers in the fight against crimes and criminality in the state.
Chief Onoja who made the appeal on Thursday while playing host to the newly elected Executive of the National Union of Roads Transport Workers (NURTW), Kogi state Council, said the transport sector is very vital in tackling insecurity.
The Deputy Governor who noted that numerous members of the Union and their passengers have lost their lives and properties to criminals and robbers on the highways, enjoined them to cooperate and collaborate with government and security agencies to rid the society of criminals, by reporting to the appropriate authorities any suspicious movement or persons they come across in course of their duties.
He assured them that the doors of the present administration would remain open to them at all times because they are partners in progress.
He assured them of the preparedness of government to improve all infrastructure including roads to make movements of goods and persons more comfortable and safer.
Newly elected chairman of the Union, Alhaji Ibrahim Yahaya had earlier expressed gratitude to the Governor for his intervention to ensure the success of the recent State Delegate Conference that produced the new executive.
The administrator for Lokoja Local Government, Hon Muhammed Dan’Asabe Muhammed, in his remarks expressed appreciation to the government for the support they gave to the union which is a sign that they have genuine intention for the development of the union.