AGAINST the background of preparations forRamadanfast which commences next week worldwide, members of the Katsina State Council of Road Transport Workers Union have started measures to ensure safety of members and travellers who would board vehicles from their various motor parks in the city during the fasting period.
Numerous visits to the Central Motor Park, Katsina, during the week showed officials of the union carrying out inspection on vehicles travelling out of the park. The purpose, according to the officials, is to ensure that the vehicles are in good condition.
The officials said they paid specific attention to the tyres of the vehicles, brake oil level, the front and rear lights as well as the extra tyres.
They said the drivers were also observed to know whether they have taken either drugs or alcohol before being allowed to commence their trips.
Top officials of the union, who pleaded anonymity, said the steps would continue throughout the fasting period.
Sources at the state NURTW headquarters, along Dutsinma road in Katsina, revealed that although fewer passengers were recorded between April and September every year, as many people would be engaged in farming during the period, the union would still not want to take chances concerning the safety of its members and passengers, especially during the fasting period.
A top NURTW official in the state added, “We duly inspect our vehicles and drivers before they embark on a journey. That is why we don’t record many accidents even now and during the fasting period. If you see those passenger vehicles getting involved in accidents, they are mostly likely to be those driven by recalcitrant drivers who would not enter motor parks to pick passengers, as they are always in a hurry to arrive at their destination. Our members are always counselled to observe adequate rest after each trip to ensure that they are in a stable condition whenever they are behind the wheel.”
A passenger at the Central Motor Park, Mallam Zubair Zakka, said he was impressed by the steps being taken by the NURTW officials in the state to ensure the safety of passengers.
Top officials of the state NURTW, including the union’s Secretary, Mallam Abdul Razaq Kabal, were at a meeting on Wednesday. The secretary did not comment.
The motor parks were, nonetheless, bustling with activities as at the press time. Transport fares ranged between N2, 500, N4, 500 and N10, 000, for Kaduna, Abuja and Lagos, respectively.