Nigeria

“Utilize Car Park,” Fashola Urges Tank, Truck Drivers

Tanker and trailer drivers plying Abuja-Kaduna road have been urged by Nigeria’s Works and Housing Minister Babatunde Fashola to make use of the car park allocated to them.

Minister Fashola said it while on an inspection tour of the road which is under construction to ascertain the level of work done by the companies handling the project.

He expressed dissatisfaction at the rate trucks were being parked on the road, saying that this has caused the slow pace of work on the road.

The Minster called on the truck drivers to make use of the portion of land allocated for the purpose of parking trucks in Tarfa area of Kaduna state, on the request of the Federal Government.

“The car park could accommodate 360 trailers, you have to leave the road, the contractors who are working on the road are also complaining of distraction, you have to leave first for the contractors to work.

“If this continues this way, we will arrest and prosecute defaulters,” the minister warned.

Earlier, the Chairman of tankers drivers association on the Kaduna-Abuja road axis, Mr Ibrahim Yakubu, narrated to the minister the situation of things on why some drivers are yet to move their vehicle out of the road.

According to him, some of the drivers have complained that the car park is not conducive for them, and that there is no light and water in the place to aid their work.

Yakubu said he had started speaking with security agencies like police and civil defence in form of collaboration to force these drivers to comply.