The Chairman of the Delta State Wing of the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW), Comrade (Chief) Dennis Araro, has said that his members are law abiding and have been doing everything possible to synergize with the state government in its efforts to curb the Coronavirus Pandemic in the state.
Comrade Araro stated this while addressing some journalists in Asaba on the preparedness of members of his union to cooperate with government at all levels towards curtailing the spread of Covid-19 in the state and beyond.
He applauded the federal and state governments for the efforts made so far in the fight against the deadly virus that has jolted most of the powerful nations in the world and prayed for an immediate solution as a cure to the virus.
He said that as a member of the Delta State Chapter of the Joint Technical Task Team (JTTT) On Emergency Response to Covid -19 on Challenges of Movement of Food and Agricultural Inputs in the Country, he would educate his members on the danger inherent on conveying commuters alongside agricultural produce in their vans, adding that defaulters would not be spared.
“As you are aware, we were just sworn in as members of JTTT in Delta State, a committee set up by the Federal Government. Representing my union in that committee goes a long way to show the importance government attaches to NURTW in the country. “
“I want to reassure government that we will not disappoint the confidence repose in us. We have been cooperating, but I want to assure you that we will up our game. The allegation in some publications that we are sabotaging efforts towards curbing interstate movement of commuters into the state is not true. As you are aware, there are so many vehicles on the road, some are not owned by members of our union.”
“We have also realise that some persons are taking shortcut in conveying passengers across state borders. We have intensified efforts towards ensuring that those who want to give our union bad name are apprehended and handed over to security operatives. We will do our utmost best to collaborate with other stakeholders towards realizing the good intentions of government in stamping out Covid-19 from our soil. “
Chief Araro warned drivers who may be tempted to contravene government orders for financial gains to be weary of the implication of indulging in such unwholesome acts, emphasising that the union will not support any act capable of endangering the lives of residents in the state and beyond.