The Federal Government has been called upon to make it mandatory for all petroleum dealers in the country to transport their products through the rail transportation system to all States of the federation rather than through the road network.
The Kwara state Chairman of the National Union of Road Transport Workers NURTW Alhaji Aliyu Issa Ore, made the call while speaking with newsmen in Ilorin the Kwara State capital North Central Nigeria on issues of the moment.
Alhaji Ore said such step would not only reduce the damage on Nigerian roads but ensure that the products were not diverted and the roads would last longer.
The NURTW chairman also urged the government to fix all the refineries and the depots in the country to ensure adequate supply of the product stressing that seventy five percent of the fuel consumed today in the country were being consumed by members of his union warning that if government fails to put things right, it might be forced to increase transport fare.
He said despite the fact that there was an unofficial arbitrary increase in the prices of fuel, his members refused to increase the cost of transport fares particularly in Kwara State.
Alhaji Ore appealed to the Federal Government to expand and repair all major federal roads across the States so as to reduce accidents on the highways and that a law should be put in place whereby only four wheel vehicles should ply Nigerian roads while heavy loads should be transported via the rail.
The NURTW Chairman disclosed that his union is in partnership with the FRSC to reduce accidents on our roads by introducing the speed limit machines but urged the Federal Government to reduce the cost of the machine.
Answering another question, he directed his members who are over thirty thousand to key into the Tax System introduced recently by the kwara state government by paying their taxes regularly and obtain their tax receipts to avoid embarrassment adding that they should also renew their vehicle particulars from the revenue office and avoid the use of touts who he described as middle men who frustrate all efforts of government to generate revenue.
Alhaji Ore commended the leadership qualities of the President of the union, Alhaji Najeem Yazin for keeping the union going and for sanitizing the Union and pledged the members solidarity to his leadership.