Kaduna demolition: NURTW at loggerhead with Govt over poor notice

..Expresses fear of roadblocks

By Achadu Gabriel

National Union of Road Tansport Workers (NURTW) Kaduna State, has expressed disappointment with Government over the demolition of motor parks in various parts of state without provisions for alternative, saying it may lead to serious road blocks.

Our correspondent reliably learnt that NURTW had taken the matter far and high, in many quarters, complaining that government was unfair to the Union as far as the issue of demolition of parks in kaduna state is concerned.

Contacted in his office, the Chairman kaduna council of the Union, Alh Aliyu Tenimu, who confirmed the allegations said the quit notice given them over the demolition of the motor parks were so short.

The chairman lamented that all efforts made by the union to meet the Government officials on the quit notice before the demolition of the parks was unsuccessful.

In addition, the chairman who spoke through the Union Secretary, comrade Bature Suleiman, expressed dismay that government could not even provided members an alternative place before it commenced demolition.

He explained that even though they were aware and in support of the ongoing Urban renewal development, demolition of three motor parks without alternative place could lead to roadside loading of passengers and capable of causing road blocks.

According to him, members of the union are already counting their loses due to the demolition of Television garage/Kakuri, Tudun Wada/Kssuan baichi and Katin Kweri (Gate) without providing any alternative place.

“This is in addition to the carry-over of the first and second wave of COVID-19 lockdown. incidents, which members of the union went through before the demolition.
“The KSTA premises given to us as alternative in television is not habitable. No water, no light and no passenger will like to go there. The one of T/Wada/K/baichi, we’ve the big lorres parking there that take goods from Central market to other locations in town and displacing them from there could lead to parking the road and cause hold up, is our fear.

“The one of k/Kweri, is the only bus town service terminus we’ve in kaduna town, like in every other cities. If they block such park, buses could cause go slow on Ahmadu Bello way. “So that’s why we’re appealing that our own service is a necessity to the people, that’s why we said anytime government want to construct such parks they should fine us alternative location. End

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