We Can’t Stop Sale Of Alcohol In Parks -NURTW Chairman


The Chairman of the Osun
State Branch of the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW), Alhaji Isiaka Afolabi, has said it would be difficult to eliminate the sale of alcohol at motor parks completely.
Afolabi told journalists in Osogbo that the union did not have power over the sale of liquor in motor parks.
“In situations where liquor sellers are found in motor parks, it is not the duty of the NURTW to chase them away.
“These people are tenants at the parks, just like we are, the unions are also tenants.
“It is the Local Government Council that has the power to evict anybody from parks.
“If we apply force or try to evict them, the police could interpret it as taking laws into our own hands.”
The unionist said: “although we don’t have power or any right to control sales in the parks, all we can do is just to sensitise our members.
“We also warn our members not to drive when they drink or drink when they drive, that is the highest power we have.
“The union also has power under our constitution to punish any erring member who goes against the warning.”
Afolabi said they punished erring members by impounding their vehicles for some time and applying fines, depending on the kind of offence committed.
On the dangers in the Ember months, the NURTW chairman said they had held sensitisation programmes with their members.
“We have held series of sensitisation programmes with our members on the dangers inherent in the last four months of the year.
“We have made them to realise that over speeding does not bring money, but causes untimely deaths.
“We have equally instructed our members not to park their vehicles indiscriminately on the roads to avoid accidents and also to avoid being in a rush.
“We have told them that there is nothing different about the ember months from other months but the syndrome of making extra-money is always the problem,” he said.
Afolabi said that drivers were responsible citizens of the society and any misconception by the public should be changed “because we are also law-abiding citizens’’.