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NURTW ban sale of alcohol at parks in Nasarawa State


Jaafar Jaafar
Jaafar Jaafar is a graduate of Mass Communication from Bayero University, Kano. He was a reporter at Daily Trust, an assistant editor at Premium Times and now the editor-in-chief of Daily Nigerian.
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Nasarawa State Chapter of National Union of Road Transport Workers, NURTW, has banned the sale of alcohol in all motor parks across the state.

Salihu Adamu, state chairman of the union told journalists on Tuesday in Lafia that the ban was part of efforts to check the rate of accidents involving drunk drivers.

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According to him, most traffic accidents on major highways in the state were due to intake of alcohol and hard drugs as well as over speeding and dangerous over taking.

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“The union has taken several measures to curtail the rate of accidents on the highway, including the ban on sale of alcohol at the various motor parks in the state.

“Anybody caught selling alcohol, Indian hemp and other hard drugs in motor parks would be sanctioned appropriately.

“We also set up a task force to ensure full compliance by all concerned,” Mr Adamu said.

He said the union is collaborating with the Federal Road Safety Corps to sensitise drivers on the dangers of consuming alcohol and other intoxicants before embarking on trips.

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The NURTW chairman appealed to commuters against boarding vehicles outside designated motor parks, so as not to expose themselves to criminals or not being properly accounted for in case of accident.

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Mr Adamu warmed members of the union from taking passengers from outside designated motor parks, adding that such drivers would be properly sanctioned by the union.


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