NARTO Loses Over N2bn Cash, 100 Trucks To #EndSARS

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The Nigerian Association Road Transport Owner (NARTO) at the weekend counted the losses incurred the # , saying the protesters burnt over 100 trucks bearing maize and cattle, totaling above N2billion.

Its National President, Alhaji Yusuf Lawal Othman, who spoke to our correspondent his Abuja office, said the destructions were mostly the (Abia and Imo states).

According to him, the inferno also consumed the truck drivers and their motor assistants, whose lives are unquantifiable.

The association has since presented the inventory the # protest induced losses to , which the Minister State, Senator Gbemisola Saraki is already acting on, he said.

He said: “We have some trucks that were burnt. Others with drivers and motor boys burnt. Specifically around Imo State over 100 trucks were burnt with maize, and cattle. And we have taken inventory of these destructions and we have sent to government. We have heard them; we lost more than N2billion.

“Of course, you cannot quantify the amount of lives (drivers and motor boys) that were lost. Some trucks were burnt at Warri. One or three trucks were burnt around Lagos. But the major destruction was around Aba.”

Commenting on the 30 per cent reduction the vehicle import duty, he described as a welcome development, stressing that will go a long way to reduce the capital outlay for the purchase of the articulated .

He said the decrease came on the heels of decision to ensure that heavy duty used the country are older than 10 years.

“It is a welcome development. This one will also help us to go further because what government has done is to ensure that the heavy duty we are using in the country don’t go beyond 10 years old,” Othman said.

He lamented the spate of insecurity and its attendant losses to the business of road transporters. He said drivers now spend a week on the same trip that used to take them a day, noting that insecurity has taken on the business. Lost time, according to him, is due to fear of attack as most of the roads that have been abandoned for criminals, who hijack petroleum products the drivers even in the broad daylight. He called other road users that have abandoned the highways for criminals to ply the roads because heavy traffic can scare the criminals away.