Abuja – Alhaji Najeem Yasin, the President, National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) said on Friday that the registration of all commercial vehicles in the FCT would help reduce crime.
Yasin told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja that the two-week ultimatum given by the Inspector-General of Police for all commercial vehicles may not be completely achieved.
According to him, not all vehicles would be able to register within the given time frame.
He, however, said the order was a welcome development because the police would be able to identify genuine members of the union and track those involved in any criminal activities.
“ This exercise will reduce the rate of crime because whoever registers with us, will definitely have a means of identification; we will not register criminals.
“And anyone that is caught in any crime, we will be held responsible; so, we will make sure that those we are giving the stickers to are our members.
“Those who are criminals will not find their way when they are caught by the police because they will not have any means of identification.”
On the restriction of painted taxis, he noted that not all commercial vehicles should be painted, citing vehicles for car hire as example.
He said that wherever painted taxis were restricted, the car hire vehicles could be used by commuters as was done in other countries.
On the union’s forthcoming elections scheduled to hold in Abuja on Aug. 18, he said the necessary preparations were ongoing and gave assurance that it would be hitch-free. (NAN)