COMMERCIAL transporters in the hinterlands of Anambra State being molested and defrauded by criminally minded unauthorized persons in the guise of collecting revenue for the state government, will now heave a sigh relief as the Road Transport Employers’ Association of Nigeria (RTEAN) has vowed to tackle the menace in a renewed campaign to sanitize the public transportation industry in the state.
The state chairman of RTEAN, Comrade Kingsley Maduagwu, read the riot act in a press interview briefly after a crucial meeting with the members of the state executive, local government management committees and zonal coordinators of the association at the state headquarters of the association, in Awka, recently.
Comrade Maduagwu said that RTEAN was out to discharge its designated responsibilities in line with its constitutional mandate, including the dissemination of the consolidated emblem that covers the entire federation, getting rid of touts and miscreants in the transportation sector as well as proper orientation of commercial vehicle operators.
He decried the ignoble activities of criminal elements masquerading as officials of faceless agencies to dupe unwary commercial drivers with fake emblems and revenue tickets, saying that the ugly trend would not be allowed to continue, as the association had stepped in the nip the mess, using a network of well organized expertise put in place.
He hinted that some of the RTEAN field men are retired top policemen and other security agencies, who would work in effective collaboration with the state government to put total halt to dubious fake revenue agents in the transportation sector of the state.
Chief Maduagwu showed the press many documents to buttress his points and emphatically stated that RTEAN was established by a national statute which empowered the association to handle the management of all motor parks throughout the federation, while members of the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) are supposed to be employees of the RTEAN.
The drivers of all categories of vehicles ranging from antiquated heavy-duty trucks and tankers, luxury buses, minibuses down to tricycles (‘Keke”) and commercial motorcyclists (‘Okada’) are employees of the association, he further disclosed.
According to him, most of the people purportedly hawking the tickets and emblems of the government end up diverting the proceeds into private coffers, and also engage in forging the documents, whereas the RTEAN would ensure accurate and transparent remittance of such funds directly to the state government’s treasury to boost its internally generated revenue (IGR) for sustainable development.
The chairmen of the association in Nnewi North and Njikoka LGAs, Chief Justin Brown Anyadike and Chief Obiora Ikechukwu Ikeobi, respectively, in separate interviews with the press, reassured that RTEAN would positively improve the transport industry in the state to meet the international best practices.
They however, appealed to the state government to explore the possibility of acquiring spacious lands in the Nnewi industrial hub of the state and other major towns for the establishment of motor parks as a way to curb the indiscriminate operation of illegal motor parks that adversely constitute environmental menace and obstruction to easy traffic movement throughout the state.