DESPITE the large number of commuters at motor parks in the state as a result of Christmas celebration, the Chairman of the Delta State Council of the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) Comrade Ifeanyi Obi has said there will not be hike in transport fare.
Comrade Obi told Blank NEWS Online in Asaba, Delta State, that an increase in fare is capable of affecting the fun associated with Christmas observing that there is high movement of commuters this season.
Comrade Obi urged members of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) not to relent in ensuring control of traffic especially on the Niger Bridge, observing that as a Union, drivers have been sensitized not to over speed or drive dangerously on the road.
“The road safety people are doing their best but, it is important that they deploy more men and work with other security agencies to control traffic between Asaba and Onitsha,” Comrade Obi said, adding, “we are not going to hike fares, we want people to enjoy the Christmas only that we are under pressure now because we have more people on the road who are travelling.
“We make sure the vehicles are in good shape and also check the tyres of the vehicles everyday because, we don’t want any vehicle to break down or have accident on the road, no drive will also overspeed,” the drivers’ union chairman said.
Comrade Obi thanked the Governor of Delta State, Dr Emmanuel Uduaghan for the massive construction of roads in the state, observing that the roads are better to drive in and as such, vehicles will last longer.
According to him, “we are grateful to our Governor for the roads he is constructing in the state,” observing, “all over the state, the roads are better and we are happy with our Governor and we will continue to do things to encourage him and we want all Deltans to continue to support our Governor because he is working for us.”