The Adamawa branch of the Road Transport Employees Association of Nigeria (RTEAN) has called on the state government to create additional motor parks in Yola and Jimeta towns to decongest the existing ones.
Alhaji Isah Isami, the state chairman of the group, made the call in an interview with newsmen on Monday in Yola.
According to him, the need for additional motor parks became necessary due to the rapid population increase and expansion of towns, which resulted in an increase in the number of trucks and passenger vehicles without enough spaces to park.
He said the only central park, which is located in the Jambutu community in the metropolis is not spacious enough to accommodate hundreds of vehicles patronising the park.
Isami urged the state government to provide spacious land and construct a befitting motor park capable of accommodating the number of trucks and passenger vehicles for the convenience of both passengers and the conveyance of goods.
He also appealed to the federal and state governments to rehabilitate major highways connecting the state with other parts of the country, saying “our roads are in bad shape”.
He explained that the poor condition of the roads from Yola to Gombe, Jalingo and to Mubi has been terrible, especially considering the untold hardship being experienced by commuters.
He cautioned drivers against dangerous driving, drinking alcohol and making phone calls while driving, as well as the flagrant violation of traffic rules.
“All our drivers must ensure that their vehicle particulars are updated regularly,” the chairman said.
He commended the efforts of Gov. Ahmadu Fintiri’s administration for its urban renewal programme by constructing township roads, health facilities and youth empowerment.
He pleaded with the government to provide soft loans to registered members of the group by providing them with vehicles to enable them to achieve economic prosperity and self-sustainability.