The Minister of Works, Babatunde Raji Fashola has given truck drivers parked along federal highways across Niger state seven days ultimatum to stop parking their vehicles on federal roads.
He warned that at the expiration of the seven days, any truck driver who does not comply will face the wrath of the law.
Speaking while addressing some truck drivers at Gawu Babangida in Gurara Local Government Area of the state during an inspection of the state of federal roads in Niger state, Fashola said they need to leave the roads to enable the contractors working on the road to carry out his job effectively.
“The truck drivers must leave the road, I give you people one week to leave, otherwise, I will bring law enforcement agents to move all of you away.
“We want all truck users, NATO and Road Transport Union to leave our highway. Let them acquire their own park and allow the contractors to finish work at a specified time.
“You have to tell all other drivers to leave highways, you must have a yard to park your vehicle. You need the road to do your business, therefore, you must allow the contractor to work on the road, if you leave your trucks on the road, there is no way the contractor can finish the job”, he stated.
Fashola declared that the defaulters would be penalized for obstructing federal highways if they fail to comply with the ultimatum he has issued.