The Minister of Works and Housing, Mr. Babatunde Fashola (SAN), has urged tanker and trailer drivers plying the Abuja-Kaduna road to use the parking lot allocated to them.
The minister made the call on Friday during an assessment visit to the road under construction to check the level of work carried out by the companies in charge of the project.
Fashola, however, expressed his displeasure with the speed at which trucks are parked on the road, saying it has caused work on the road to be slow.
He called on truckers to use the portion of land allocated for truck parking in Tarfa area of Kaduna State as requested by the federal government.
“The parking lot could accommodate 360 trailers, you have to leave the road, the contractors working on the road also complain about the distraction, you have to leave first for the contractors to work.” If it continues like this, we will arrest and prosecute the offenders, ”warned the minister.
Earlier, the Chairman of the Kaduna-Abuja Road Road Tanker Drivers Association, Mr. Ibrahim Yakubu, told the Minister the state of affairs on why some drivers are yet to withdraw their vehicle off the road.
According to him, some drivers complained that the parking lot was not conducive for them and there was no light or water there to facilitate their work.
Yakubu said he has started talking with security agencies like the police and civil defense as part of working together to force those drivers to comply.