Oyeyemi, who was represented by Mr Hyginus Omeje, of the Federal Operations, described VTA as a public rest area located off the road, designed to provide temporary rest location for drivers.
“Road crashes, especially when it involves tankers or articulated vehicles, are usually fatal because lives, cargos and properties worth billions of naira are lost.
“This 15 minutes rest will help the driver to be in the right frame of mind and concentrate while driving.
“This can be achieved if we have designated standard and attractive VTAs, with amenities such as mechanic workshop, restaurants, toilets, bathrooms, gas or fuel station, fire station, police post, health clinic, lounge among others,” he said.
Oyeyemi said that locations across the country had been identified in collaboration with critical stakeholders in the transport sector and would be implemented on the Public-Private Partnership model.
He urged state governments, corporate organisations and well-meaning individuals to invest in the VTAs project, as it would create employment and guarantee return on investment.
Also speaking, Mr Hassan Bello, NSC Executive Secretary, said the council was involved in the initiation of the VTAs project to promote safety and security of cargos in the country.
Bello, who was represented by Rev. Winner Anayo, South-East Zonal Director of NSC, said sensitisation was necessary to help truck, tanker and trailer drivers as well as other stakeholders appreciate the need for the VTAs.
Prof. Solo Chukwulobelu, Secretary to the Anambra State Government, said that a piece of land located off the expressway by Enugu-Ukwu bypass in Njikoka Local Government Area, had been allocated for the VTA project in the state.
Chukwulobelu urged transport unions to ensure constant training and monitoring of their drivers to prevent incessant auto crash.
He also commended the FRSC and the NSC for organising the event and prioritising safe motoring environment in the state. (NAN)