The Corps Marshal of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), Dr Boboye Oyeyemi has paid glowing tributes to the founding fathers of the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) describing them as visionaries.
In his goodwill message at the 40th anniversary celebration of the Union held at the Eagle Square, Abuja, Oyeyemi while congratulating members stated that the emergence of NURTW in 1978 brought with it a high level of professionalism and commitment to safety, security and welfare into transportation.
He noted with satisfaction the pioneering role played by the founding fathers of the NURTW in the establishment of the FRSC, saying discernible Nigerians were not surprised when the Union’s representative became a member of the FRSC Governing Council upon its establishment in 1988.
He praised the orderliness the NURTW maintains at the various Motor Parks as well as the organisational skills that make its members loyal to constituted authorities. “The country has benefited immensely not only from its robust road safety campaigns, but also its masses-oriented programmes such as child immunization, Insurance cover for Road Accident Victims, HIV-AIDS campaigns and other family enhancement programmes,” Oyeyemi stated.
The FRSC Boss congratulated the National President, Alhaji Nazeem Yasin for the effective leadership he has sustained over the years, noting that within the period of his stewardship, his Executive has been able to introduce several programmes and projects that promote safety and welfare of commercial drivers and the general populace. “It is my hope that all members of the Union would continue to give him the necessary support for him to succeed in the assignment,” he stated.
Oyeyemi appealed to all members of the Union to continue to strive to make the roads safer, as they are the major users, stressing that the fatalistic belief of attributing road traffic crashes to either God or evil spirits should be discarded in favour of obedience to traffic rules and regulations.