The National Union if Road Transport Workers (NURTW) has lauded the Federal Government’s decision to lift the ban on interstate travel in the country.
Kabiru Yau, Acting Secretary General of NURTW, plead with the government to subsidise cost of operations for motorists.
He said the guidelines spelt out by the government for the resuming its operations during the coronavirus pandemic demand that operators should only accommodate few passengers on each trip which will drastically reduce their income.
The Acting Secretary General expressed his gratitude to the Federal Government for lifting the ban, he said the news was greeted with joy because it’s been over three months that their members have been out of jobs and without income.
He said that now, their members can now start working and earn a living.
Meanwhile, he expressed that due to the conveyance of few passengers which will make them to carry nine or ten passengers rather than the usual 18 passengers in a bus, which will consequently reduce the income of drivers.
He said that they want the Federal Government to help reduce the cost of passengers that they will not convey or the union will be left with no option than to increase transport fares.
He said that they will likely increase the fares to cover the cost for the empty seats. Also, he said if they are to carry few passengers with the the current transport fares, drivers may not be able to afford money fuel for each trip.
He said with such decision, drivers have nothing to gain, so therefore, the government should help them to consider such situation that might arise.
He stressed that passengers will be made to adhere to Covid19 regulations by washing their hands with hand sanitisers and wearing of face masks.