National President of NARTO Alhaji Kassim Ibrahim Bataiya has decried the deplorable conditions of major roads in Nigeria and urged the federal government to put in place measures for the rehabilitation of those roads in the country.
Bataiya disclosed this yesterday at the 2nd Joint State Chairmen and National Executive Council meeting of the Nigerian Association of Road Transport Owners, NARTO, held in Minna.
He said that coupled with the high level of insecurity on the nation’s highways, members of the association were now grappling with the seizing of their vehicles at gun point with some drivers losing their lives, a development he said, was impairing the distribution of petroleum products across the country.
The NARTO president solicited the federal government to make available foreign exchange to its members for the purchase of trucks and spare parts because, ‘the ability of members of the association to continue to buy trucks is seriously threatened by high foreign exchange’.
The Federal Road Safety Commission, FRSC, maintained that there is no going back on the October 1 deadline for commercial and heavy duty vehicles to commence the installation of speed limiters on their vehicles.
Corps Commander and Chief Executive of the FRSC, Mr. Boboye Oyeyemi who said that the FRSC nationwide would commence the enforcement of the policy from the said date as this will reduce accident on Nigerian roads.

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