From Chuks Collins, Awka
No fewer than 1.4million Nigerians would soon be recruited into traffic warden service across the nation in line with President Goodluck Jonathan’s transformation agenda in job creation.
This was disclosed at the weekend in Nnewi by Mr J.K. Johnsonapla, the chairman of VANCTRAWACT, a Human Rights and Non Governmental Organization, when he was explaining the new initiative to citizens and potential beneficiaries.
He disclosed that the project has been approved by President Jonathan after a recent visit of the group to Aso Rock.
He also pointed out that the project would be handled by a body known as the Transitional Management Committee and the co-ordinating NGO.
The project, according to Mr Johnsonapla would introduce a pragmatic and proactive change in the road traffic management and control subsector to a world-class standard away from the current “agonizing” system. He stressed that the aim of the project was to redefine the road traffic control function as a veritable subsector for social, economic, human and urban development in the country as done in other developed nations of the world.
Hear him, “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. 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,”
Also, the Coordinating secretary of the NGO, Evang Emeka Ekenonu, the project would be handled with utmost vigor and transparency. He said in distribiting the 1.4million jobs, emphasis would be laid on percentage of personnel cardre, that the project would absorb 980,000 into the rank and file, 280,000 into inspectors cardre and 140,000 into officers cardre.
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 in the nation building.”