The Governor of Ondo State, Mr. Rotimi Akeredolu, has asked the trade unions of commercial drivers in the state to always be safety conscious in their various parks in the state.

The governor said drivers in parks were required to check passengers’ and passengers’ luggage themselves before boarding their vehicles, as part of security measures.

He spearheaded a two-day training course organized by the State Ministry of Transport in conjunction with High Point Nigeria Limited, for the Executive and Members of the State Branch of the Road Transport Employers Association of Nigeria, held at Oba Ile in the Akure North Local Government State area, on Tuesday.

Akeredolu, who was represented at the event by his special adviser on transportation, Tobi Ogunleye, said the training was to raise awareness among association members about their safety and the safety of their passengers on the road in light of the recent security challenges in the country.

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He said: “There is a need for a culture of empathy. You have the right to control loads of your passengers in parks; you have to know your passengers. We want you to work with Amotekun; we want you to be part of safety and surveillance in the fight against insecurity in this state.”

He also warned vehicle inspection officials across the state to refrain from extorting motorists on the road, saying the current government in the state “has no tolerance whatsoever for corruption”.

In his comments, the commander of the state’s Amotekun Corps, Adetunji Adeleye, also urged commercial drivers to assist the Corps in the fight against insecurity in the state.

Represented by the chief of operations and security of the corps, Mr Adebayo Ayeni, the chief of Amotekun, said drivers were required to check passengers’ luggage in parks. He also warned them to install closed-circuit television in their parks as part of the security measures.

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“Be safety conscious when traveling on the road. When passengers come to your parks, be sure to check their loads and if you see anyone hiding anything suspicious under their clothing, notify us quickly. Also make sure you have cameras installed in your parks to monitor people’s movements,” he said.

In his keynote address, the head of state, Mr. Kayode Ogundele, said drivers should be more safety conscious while driving.

The HoS said: “You all agree that the country’s security challenges are not only related to one mode of transport or the other, but it is also an important medium to sustain them.

“As a result, our drivers and drivers need to be more safety conscious as many of these evil men use commercial vehicles to carry out their evil plans. With this in mind, I want to urge all of us to be more safety conscious, which is one of the topics that will be addressed throughout the course of this training program.”

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