Ekiti State Government has approved a five million naira revolving loan for wives of drivers in the state.
The approval followed the request by members of the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) in the state to improve the quality of lives of their wives through boosting their economic activities.
The governor, Mr. Ayodele Fayose, during a meeting in Ado Ekiti with NURTW members promised a bus each for NURTW and the Road Transport Employers’ Association of Nigeria (RTEAN) in the state if they marked a year free of violence.
While cautioning the drivers that no one was above the law, the governor urged them to be law-abiding to avoid having issues with law enforcement officers.
He told the new NURTW leadership in the state that Nigeria would only progress if the leaders humbled themselves and came down to the level of the people they govern.
He described driving as a noble profession, saying: “Driving is a noble profession, if you don’t need a driver, you can use your legs, if you don’t like drivers, you can climb on okada, I am not going to be that governor who is celebrated all over the world and not celebrated at home, I want to remain with you in and out of office.”
NURTW state Chairman, Mr Clement Adekola assured the governor of the union’s cooperation and promised that his tenure would be violence free.