Tue. Sep 26th, 2023

Gov Alex Otti Suspends Transport Levies In Abia State

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Governor Alex Otti of Abia State on Wednesday, suspended all transport fees levied on commercial drivers in the state.

This is contained in a statement issued by Ferdinand Ekeoma, the governor’s special adviser on media and publicity.

He said that the directive was in line with the governor’s campaign vow to sanitise revenue collecting techniques in the state and to put an end to all forms of extortion, intimidation, and harassment of motorists.

The statement read, “The governor has directed the immediate suspension of all kinds of transport levies payable to the Abia state government and imposed on tricycles (keke), buses, taxis, and other commercial vehicles plying Abia roads.

“This suspension takes immediate effect and will remain until the government reviews these levies and makes public its arrangements for the smooth, organised, and transparent collection of such transport levies in a manner that would not lead to extortion, intimidation, or violation of the rights and privileges of Abia residents.

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“The government believes that the present method is archaic and very harmful to the lives of the people and the economic well-being of the state and thus should not be allowed to continue.

“In the light of the above decision, the governor has asked all those involved, directly and indirectly, to please discontinue forthwith or face the wrath of the law, as security agents have been briefed and directed to apprehend and bring to justice anyone found violating this directive”.

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