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Construction workers seek resuscitation of tollgates 

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The National Union of Civil Engineering Construction, Furniture and Wood Workers (NUCECFWW), has urged the Federal Government to resuscitate the tollgates across the country. 

The National President of the union, Amechi Asugwuni, who stated this at the 40th anniversary of the union in Abuja, explained that bringing back state-of-the-art and modern tollgates in Nigeria would boost security of the country as well as generate resources to rehabilitate the roads.  

He said: “Bringing back tollgates with vision is the way to go.

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I added with vision because we notice that since Nigeria became a democratic nation in 1999, successive governments continued to give the enlargement of infrastructure to individuals.

While government claim to be building infrastructure, they give it to the individuals to manage and that becomes the empowerment of individuals in the society that does not lead to improvement of infrastructure.

If tollgates are managed in such a way that the Lagos state government is managing its own by deploying data and technology for the full recovery of resources, that will be a good way of generating resources with which to keep the roads in top shape.

Unfortunately, tollgates have been mismanaged in our country before now.

That is why labour is insisting that effective and efficient management of roads can only be achieved if we deployed technology in the management of our tollgates in order to generate huge resources to revitalise our road infrastructure that is comatose.”

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He highlighted that labour will not support any action that would create empowerment for individuals that are already above help. 

He said the tollgates would boost security in the country as suspicious vehicles could easily be tracked down by security agencies. 

He added that security gadgets could also be mounted at security posts at tollgates for easy identification of suspicious travellers.

Asugwuni blamed the influx of expatriates into the country on porosity of most of the entry points, saying: “the so-called expatriates come into Nigeria through unapproved routes that are scattered all around the country.

There are many ways that the so-called expatriates use to come into Nigeria.

They are often not qualified; steal the jobs of Nigerians and leaving our youths begging for jobs.

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For us, this is not a matter that can be solved by the unions or employers, but by government that is saddled with managing entry and exit all those that come to work in Nigeria.”

He was quick to say that the union is not totally opposed to expatriates coming to work in Nigeria, but that only those that have the required qualification and expertise should be welcomed. 

His words: “We are not saying those that have reasons to come here should not come, what we are saying is that they must follow due process.

People that are required to work in Nigeria should be the people who have knowledge. T

he local content must be applied in such a manner that all Nigerians would work without any hindrance to acquire knowledge from the expatriates and within a period of time should be able to the work that the foreign experts are doing.

But in a situation where technicians are brought here as engineers to do the jobs that Nigerians can do would not be accepted by the union.”


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