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The Minister of Power of Works and Housing, Mr Babatunde Fashola, spoke highly against overloading of trucks, saying it is highly against road safety rules and regulations. He also said that it constitutes a barrier to prosperity and national development.
Fashola said this on Monday in Abuja during a one-day public enlightenment programme on developments in the road sector organised by the ministry.
“While the temptation to overload trucks against regulation and good practice may be appealing, it is ultimately a barrier to prosperity. Such practices may provide cheap and perhaps corrupt riches and income in the short term but they do more damage to our roads for which the cheap income is made. Those who engage in it prosper at the expense of others, this means that in the short run, the road is lost and the opportunities it offers diminishes,” he said.
The president of Nigeria, Gen. Muhammadu Buhari who was represented by the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Alhaji Boss Mustapha at the event also warned truck drivers to stay away from roadside parking on Federal highways and establish private parking lots to avoid congestion and ease vehicular mobility across the country.
According to the president, “The eradication of overloading on our highways will promote competitiveness in business and reduce high maintenance cost of heavy duty vehicle. All vehicle fleet operators and tanker drivers are hereby implored to stop parking their vehicles on the federal highways, as this often causes roads to be congested, hence gridlocks.”
“The highways should be free at all times for safe and comfortable movement of vehicles. Fleet owners should endeavor to create private parking lots for their fleets at designated locations.”
The President emphasized that the federal government is increasing investments and resuscitating the rail sector to reduce stress on the federal road networks.
Speaking at the event, Mr Boboye Oyeyemi, the Corps Marshal, Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC) commended the ministry for the programme.
“The public enlightenment for stakeholders ahead of the federal government plan to commence enforcement of the regulations is a step in the right direction.”
He said the commission arrests an average of 200 vehicles daily for excessive overloading, adding that the enlightenment would enhance the operation of FRSC.
The stakeholders at the event included the Road Transport Employers Association of Nigeria (RTEAN), National Association of Road Transport Owners (NARTO), National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) and Petroleum Tanker Drivers (PTD).