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‘Bandits feasting on bad roads to endanger our members’

By Gloria Nwafor
06 October 2022   |   4:00 am
President of the Road Transport Employers’ Association of Nigeria (RTEAN), Dr. Musa Muhammed Maitakobi, has called on the Federal Government to urgently fix deplorable roads across the country as bandits are capitalising on it to endanger members’ lives.

Musa Muhammed Maitakobi

President of the Road Transport Employers’ Association of Nigeria (RTEAN), Dr. Musa Muhammed Maitakobi, has called on the Federal Government to urgently fix deplorable roads across the country as bandits are capitalising on it to endanger members’ lives.
  
He said many of their members and workers have lost their lives and properties due to the operations of bandits on the bad roads.
  
Maitakobi, who doubles as the treasurer of the Trade Union Congress (TUC), in an interview, urged the Federal Government to rise to its responsibility of providing infrastructure that will stand the test of time.
   


He lamented that the situation was creating economic disadvantages for the union’s members across the country.
  
According to him, the problem cuts across every state in Nigeria, thereby making movements of goods and services a great hurdle.
  
“For the past one week, trailers of our members have been stranded on the road between Bida – Lapai in Niger State.

The road is impassable, it is totally bad and this is a road that is not more than 14 kilometres,” he said.

The RTEAN President said the government should see it as a serious challenge because it has gotten to a situation where hardly can one trailer, out of 10, that carried goods from Lagos to Kano, reach its destination without difficulty.

He said: “It is the same story for Port-Harcourt down to Enugu, Onitsha and most of these roads are not more than 10km. The same experience is what we face from Abuja to Kaduna. The place kidnappers use for their attack is not more than 20 kilometres.
   
“For others, it is an accident, and most of our goods have been lost due to accidents as a result of the carnage on the roads. Repairing these roads and constructing new ones should not be difficult for our government.

“We are appealing to the government to make it a priority to put all these roads, in order, so, that lives and properties of the citizens can be saved,” he said.