FG plans technology to tackle highway robbers, kidnappers

Security agencies are now to deploy technology to stem robbery and kidnapping on the highways, the Federal Government said on Thursday.

The Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, stated this in Abuja during the 9th quadrennial national conference of the National Union of Road Transport Workers, an affiliate of the Nigeria Labour Congress.

He said, “The security agencies are adopting creative ways, including the deployment of technology, to stem the tide of insecurity on the highways. The government is also investing massively in the provision of critical infrastructure to enable you to discharge your duties effectively and efficiently.

“As a matter of fact, no government has invested more in infrastructural development than the Buhari administration. As I speak, there is at least one federal road under construction in each of the country’s 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory.

“The setting up of the $650m Presidential Infrastructure Fund is aimed at accelerating the ongoing construction work on the Second Niger Bridge, Lagos-Ibadan Expressway, East-West Road, Abuja-Kano Expressway and the Mambilla Hydro-electric Project.”

He added, “There is no better demonstration of President Buhari’s commitment to deliver on critical infrastructure across the country. I want to assure you that in this Next Level, you will witness a faster pace of infrastructural development and a lot of ongoing projects will be delivered and put to use for the comfort of Nigerians.”

While restating the important role of conveying people and goods across the country, Mohammed said the NURTW had fostered national unity, enhanced trade and commercial activities across the country and, ultimately, boosted the economy.

The minister stated, “I am also aware that the NURTW has been called upon on many occasions to provide logistic support for the government, and the union has acquainted itself creditably in the discharge of its duties.

“There is no doubt that the NURTW has borne the brunt of the years of infrastructural decay, especially in the area of roads, just as you have also been exposed to the pangs of insecurity. In spite of this, you have persevered against all odds. I thank you for the abiding faith you have in this country.

“Let me use this important occasion to once again call on you to support this government as it evolves innovative measures to tackle the challenge of insecurity on our roads.”