By Nwabueze Okonkwo
ONITSHA – Over 1.4million Nigerians may be recruited into traffic warden service across the nation, in line with President Goodluck Jonathan’s transformation agenda on job creation.
The initiator of the project and chairman of VANCTRAWACT, a Human Right and Non Governmental Organization, NGO, Mr JK Johnsonapla who disclosed this in Nnewi, Anambra State yesterday while explaining the new initiative, noted that the project had received the approval of President Jonathan after a recent visit of the group at the Aso Rock.
Johnsonapla further disclosed that the project would be handled by the Transitional Management Committee, TMC and the co-ordinating NGO, on behalf of the federal government.
He explained that the aim of the project was to redefine the road traffic control function as a veritable sub-sector for social, economic, human and urban development, adding that the project would introduce a pragmatic and proactive change in the road traffic control subsector to a world-class standard away from the current “agonizing” system of road traffic control.
“The NGO, fighting the cause of the traffic warden service and a sense of belonging of traffic wardens in the public service, is fervently committed to the enforcement of the Court of Appeal judgement that recently granted autonomy to the traffic warden service”, he stated.
He said the NGO has proactively put in place a methodology through which the traffic warden service has to be repositioned back to her statutory function on the road.
According to the co-ordinating secretary of the NGO, Evangelist Emeka Ekenonu, the project would be handled with utmost vigor and transparency. He said in distribiting the 1.4 million jobs, emphasis would be laid on percentage of personnel cadre, pointing out that the project would absorb 980,000 into the rank and file, 280,000 into inspectors cadre and 140,000 into officers cadre.
Explaining further the new road traffic deal, Evangelist Ekenonu said: “President Jonathan has said that employment is the inalianable right of fellow Nigerians, to enable them work, earn salary, to improve their standard of living, improve their social being and contribute their quota towards the nation building”.