By; PATRICK TITUS, Uyo
In a bid to checkmate criminal incidents in Akwa Ibom, Governor Udom Emmanuel has ordered the immediate closure of illegal motor parks across the 31 local government areas of the state.
The order is enforced by the branches of the Road Transport and Employers Association of Nigeria (RTEAN) in collaboration with the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) in the state.
To further give the bitting teeth to the unions, a mobile court has been attached to prosecute offenders.
State Chairman of the RTEAN, Mr. Emmanuel Judge Udo, who disclosed this to in Uyo during a chat with newsmen, said the state government has given a matching order for all illegal parks to be closed down.
Udo said henceforth loading and offloading of passengers would be done at government designated motor parks across the 31 council areas of the state, adding the move will help curtail crime incidents such as kidnapping, armed robbery, rape among others.
Udo disclosed that since the order was given, many vehicles have been impounded and their owners charged to court for violating government directive.
”We are looking forward to make sure that the commuters board vehicles in the government approved parks across the 31 local government areas.
”We expect the masses to comply with us to use the government approved parks by boarding their vehicles to difference destination.
”It is a welcome development and we in the Road Transport Association of Nigerian and National Union of Road Transport Workers are working hand in hand to ensure we sanitize the state and to be a safe place for people living here and investors coming to the state.
“In the way, Mr. Udo added, “The Akwa State Government has approved Alliance Insurance to manage passengers insurance scheme. This will ensure that passengers who use Akwa Ibom Transport will be captured in the manifesto so that we can know who comes in and their purpose.
“And if anything happens, in the case of accident, displacement of goods or luggage we can trace back to where you boarded the vehicle and know how to get the luggage”, he said.
State Chairman of NURTW, Obong Uwem Imo Inyang also appealed to the travellers to use government approved parks for their safety.
Inyang appreciated Governor Emmanuel for handing the parks to be controlled by the Unions in order to make the state safe for all.