The National leadership of Nigerian Association of Road Transport Owners (NARTO), the umbrella organisation of all commercial transport owners in the country, has said it would withdraw its services nationwide with effect from Friday March 27 2020.
The withdrawal according to the organisation is to protect its employees from the Coronavirus pandemic.
National president of NARTO, Alhaji Yusuf Lawal Othman in a statement made available to LEADERSHIP yesterday, said, “NARTO being an organisation genuinely concerned about the safety and health of all its employees who are continuously in the service of our fatherland, owes it a duty to take all necessary steps to minimise their exposure to the deadly virus and thus joined the Nigerian health authorities to curtail the spread of the disease in our country.
“At this daring time, NARTO would continue to monitor the trend of events as we also consider the safety and welfare of our employees who form the vulnerable and integral part of the downstream sector of the petroleum industry.”
He said in compliance with the federal government’s directive, banning all gatherings of more than 50 people, “we have similarly directed all our employees (Tanker Drivers) to keep away from the depots and stay at home with effect from Friday, March 27, 2020 pending when the situation is brought under control.
“This action is necessitated by the fact that our loading depots across the country are places of beehive of activities containing more than 500 persons at any one time.
“Our workers should rest assured that the National leadership of NARTO would stand by them at this critical moment as we equally implore them to be of good conduct and law abiding