Tuesday, 20 October 2015


By Terver Akase
The Benue State Government has placed an embargo on the lease of motor parks in the 23 local government areas of the state.

Governor Samuel Ortom made this known in Makurdi while declaring open the Quadrennial 8th Delegates Conference of the National Union of Road Transport Workers, NURTW.

He said the move became necessary owing to reports of activities of some council authorities regarding the running of motor parks in the local government areas.

Governor Ortom said the State Government would assist local governments to improve on the standard of motor parks, assuring the union members that his administration was taking steps to engage youths of the state in ventures that could empower them economically.

The Governor said agriculture remained key to the development agenda of the present administration in the state, emphasising that poverty reduction was a mission which must be accomplished.

Earlier in a massage to the conference, the National President, NURTW, Alhaji Najeem Usman Yasin, announced the abolishment of what is known in road transport parlance as 'special turn' a practice he said gives officials of NURTW undue advantage over other members in loading of commercial vehicles in the parks, stating that every motorist should be treated on first come first served basis.

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