Governor Rotimi Akeredolu of Ondo State has requested that commercial drivers’ unions maintain a constant sense of security at their various parks throughout the state.
As part of security precautions, the governor stated that drivers must inspect passengers’ bags as well as the passengers themselves before allowing them to board their vehicles.
The two-day training, which was held at Oba Ile in the state’s Akure North Local Government Area on Tuesday and was organized by the state Ministry of Transport in collaboration with High Point Nigeria Limited, was for the executive and members of the state chapter of the Road Transport Employers Association of Nigeria.
The training, according to Akeredolu, who was represented at the event by his Special Adviser on Transportation, Tobi Ogunleye, was intended to educate association members about their own security and the protection of their passengers while driving in view of recent security issues in the nation.
He said, “There is a need for us to have a culture of empathy. You have the right to check loads of your passengers at parks; you need to know your passengers. We want you to partner with Amotekun; we want you to be part of security and surveillance in the fight against insecurity in this state.”
The present administration in the state “has zero tolerance for corruption,” he added, warning Vehicle Inspection Officers across the state to stop extorting drivers.
Commercial drivers were also asked to help the state’s Amotekun Corps in its fight against insecurity by Adetunji Adeleye, the corps’ commander.
The Amotekun head, who was represented by the Head of Operation and Surveillance of the Corps, stated that drivers must inspect passengers’ bags at parks. As part of the security measures, he also warned them to put closed-circuit television in their parks.
“Be security conscious when you are travelling on the road. When passengers come to your parks, ensure you check their loads and if you see anybody hiding anything suspicious under the clothes, quickly alert us. Also, ensure that CCTV is installed in your parks to monitor the movement of the people,” he charged.
The state head of service, Mr. Kayode Ogundele, emphasized the need for drivers to be more security-conscious when driving in his keynote speech.
The HoS said, “You would all agree with me that the nation’s security challenges are not only connected to one means of transportation or another, but it is also a major medium for perpetuating them.
“As a result, our drivers and riders must be more security conscious, as many of these evil men use commercial vehicles to carry out their evil plans. It is on this note that I would like to enjoin us all to endeavour to be more security conscious, which is one of the issues to be addressed in the course of this training programme.”