Traf­fic war­dens seek Buhari’s in­ter­ven­tion over wel­fare

The Punch - - NEWS - Tunde Oyekola, Ilorin

The Nige­ria Traf­fic War­den Ser­vice es­tab­lished to take charge of con­trol of in­tracity traf­fic in ma­jor towns of the coun­try has ap­pealed to the Pres­i­dent, Ma­jor Gen­eral Muham­madu Buhari (retd.), to in­ter­vene in their ag­i­ta­tion for bet­ter pay with a view to im­prov­ing their con­di­tion of ser­vice.

The traf­fic war­dens said that though the Nige­rian Traf­fic War­den Ser­vice was es­tab­lished to op­er­ate un­der the same con­di­tion of ser­vice with the Nige­ria Po­lice Force, its men have not en­joyed the same wel­fare pack­age as those in the Nige­ria Po­lice Force

The Na­tional Traf­fic War­den Ser­vice in a state­ment signed by it Na­tional Pres­i­dent, Raphael Ojala­tan, in Ilorin, Kwara State, said the traf­fic war­dens suf­fered dis­crim­i­na­tion, in­ad­e­quate per­son­nel, lack of train­ing and re­train­ing as well as poor wel­fare pack­age.

He also al­leged that the duty of the traf­fic war­den ser­vice such as mo­tor traf­fic con­trol had been hi­jacked by the po­lice.

Ojala­tan stated, “Sir, it may in­ter­est you to note that the Traf­fic War­den Ser­vice was es­tab­lished by the for­mer Head of State, Gen­eral Mur­tala Mo­hammed, since 1975 by De­cree 21 and left un­changed thereby caus­ing un­told hard­ship and grief in the ser­vice un­der the watch­ful eyes of the Nige­ria Po­lice Force sub­ject­ing us to de­lib­er­ate and to­tal ne­glect oc­ca­sion by lack of re­cruit­ment, pro­mo­tion, ac­cou­trement, dis­crim­i­na­tion, op­pres­sion es­pe­cially un­nec­es­sary de­ten­tion, train­ing and re­train­ing and other wel­fare pack­ages.

“The traf­fic war­den duty and of­fices such as the MTD has been hi­jacked by the po­lice which is the pri­mary ob­jec­tive of the traf­fic war­den for which the ser­vice is es­tab­lished.

“Since 2008 till date, no re­cruit­ment was done and thou­sands of our se­nior of­fi­cers have re­tired. Those that are re­cruited be­tween 2007 and 2008 are still stag­nated in Cor­po­ral rank while the con­ven­tional Po­lice who are re­cruited at the same time, 2007/2008 are now en­joy­ing their In­spec­tor rank.

“Even those that are en­listed into the job in 1989 are still in­spec­tors, they only en­joy pro­mo­tion thrice over 28 years in ser­vice, they are still in­spec­tors while their po­lice coun­ter­part have bagged As­sis­tant Su­per­in­ten­dent ranks over five to six years now. Some are Sergeant for 28 years till date and are never still con­sid­ered for pro­mo­tion.

“It is pa­thetic to be in our fa­ther’s land, serv­ing our na­tion and be op­pressed and de­nied our rights and joy of be­ing a Nige­rian.”

He, how­ever, ap­pealed to Buhari to in­ter­vene and put the mem­bers of the Nige­ria Traf­fic War­den Ser­vice in their right­ful po­si­tion that would al­low them to en­joy the same con­di­tion of ser­vice like their coun­ter­parts in the Nige­ria Po­lice Force.

They also pleaded with the Pres­i­dent to sign the Traf­fic

War­den Ser­vice Bill 2019 passed by the 8th Se­nate on May 22, 2019 and or­der the re­cruit­ment of youths into traf­fic war­den ser­vice.

He also ap­pealed to the Min­is­ter of In­te­rior, the Po­lice Ser­vice Com­mis­sion and the In­spec­tor-gen­eral of Po­lice and all con­cerned au­thor­i­ties to take ac­tions to cor­rect the im­bal­ance in the Nige­ria Traf­fic War­den Ser­vice.

•L-R: Na­tional Leader, All Pro­gres­sives Congress, Asi­waju Bola Tin­ubu; Chair­man, Honey­well Group, Dr Oba Otudeko; Jus­tice Ge­orge Ogun­tade; Founder, First City Mon­u­ment Bank, Otunba Subomi Ba­lo­gun; for­mer Pres­i­dent Oluse­gun Obasanjo; Vice-pres­i­dent Yemi Os­in­bajo; Al­haja Kubu­rat Okoya; host, Chief Rasaq Okoya; his wife, Sade; and Chair­man, Doyin Group, Chief Sa­muel Ade­doyin, dur­ing the 80th birth­day of Chief Rasaq Okoya in La­gos... on Satur­day. Photo: Sa­heed Olug­bon

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