Traffic wardens seek Buhari’s intervention over welfare
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.
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