Chairman, Kundenda industrial area, Kaduna unit of the National Union of Road Transport Workers,NURTW, Comrade Gabriel Abah, has expressed worry over the activities of bandits who have kidnapped their members in recent times, saying they’ve paid over N5 million as ransom to secure the release of their drivers.
Speaking in an interview in Kaduna;Comrade Abah said the union was doing its best to enhance the welfare of its members but called on the authorities to provide adequate security on our roads.
He said “based on our standard as union of heavy trucks, we are going to try our possible best to put things in order, most especially to ensure conducive environment for our drivers who are facing so many problems like bad roads, robbery, kidnapping, so on and so forth on the highways.”
“So I am going to ensure under my administration to see that I put things in good conditions for our members. And I want to advise my members and followers to always abide by the laws of the land to enable us achieve our aims and objectives”.
“Regrettably, as I speak with you we were able to regain the freedom of seven of our members who were kidnapped sometimes ago on the highways. They were kidnapped along Katsina, Zamfara, Abuja and Birnin Gwari highways. But we give glory to God that none of them was killed by the kidnappers.”
To secure their freedom, we paid ransom; the first one was N1.5 million, another one was N1.2 million and the highest was N3 million.”
“We have advised our drivers to always monitor the highways as they drive to their respective destination. They need to look far ahead of them as they drive along the highways to ensure no unusual happening ahead of them.”