The Chairman, Northern Zone of the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW), Mr Sikiru Usamat Bello, has accused the government of complicity in the proliferation of illegal parks in the state.
In an interview with the press on illegal motor parks in the state, he blamed Jos North Local Government Council for issuing temporary permit for such illegal parks to operate, yet government, he said, claims they are trying to give Jos a new look.
He said, “With such motor parks, you cannot control security as you can see our motor park here in Bauchi road, we have entrance and exit gates that conducts stop and search; there is a military check point and police outpost to maintain law and order, once a passenger boarded a vehicle in our parks, we write his or her address and that of next of kins. Tickets are issued to passengers and if you forget your load, then we trace the number of the vehicle on the ticket. We have some loads we use for so many years and sometimes if the owners fails to come back, we take it to orphanage or IDP camps.”
The Chairman disclosed that it is only in their parks that they don’t condone selling of drugs and alcohol. According to him, he made a passionate appeal to the state government to borrow a leaf from Bauchi and Gombe State Governments who recently banned illegal motor parks and set up task force to arrest and fine anyone carrying or boarding vehicles by road sides. By doing that, government will be able to generate a lot of revenue and we are ready to partner with them to achieve that.”