Abuja - The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) has assured members of the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) of sustained partnership in the collective efforts to combat carnages in local roads.
Officials said the Corps appreciated the existing collaboration between the two organisations.
Corps Marshal, Boboye Oyeyemi, gave the assurance in his goodwill message at the 8th Quadrennial National Delegates Conference of the NURTW held at the International Conference Centre, Abuja.
Oyeyemi called on members of the NURTW to display the highest level of professionalism, safety and security consciousness.
He said this would enhance the safety and convenience of drivers and other road users.
"That is why as the lead agency for road safety management and administration in the country, FRSC has always maintained that ensuring safer road environment requires collective responsibility," Oyeyemi said.
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He noted a high level of collaboration between the FRSC and NURTW over the years, particularly under the present leadership.
"I assure you that the Management and staff of the FRSC are committed to sustaining this harmony in the best interest of all road users," Oyeyemi said.
He described commercial driving as a unique profession and stressed that it could only be well practiced by competent and well trained individuals who are properly licenced to do the job.
"That is why we have over the years continued to embark on the reform of the nation's licensing system in our determination to ensure its integrity," he said.
Oyeyemi added that the introduction of the commercial drivers' license was to restore professionalism and sanity in commercial driving in order to bring honour and sense of responsibility to those that practice the trade.
He enjoins members of the NURTW as professional drivers to avoid the temptation to cut corners but follow due process in obtaining their driver's licence and vehicle number plates.
The Corps Marshal advised them to take time to do the right thing and contribute to the national rebirth through attitudinal change.
"You must drive with the consciousness that members of your family are waiting for you at home and those you convey are breadwinners whose lives are precious to their families," he said.
Meanwhile, the Corps Marshal also congratulated the National President of NURTW, Nazeem Yasin, for the effective leadership he had provided for the union and called on the members to continue to give him necessary cooperation.
- CAJ News