ANAMBRA State Commissioner for Transport, Christian Madubuko has said that state government would sustain intervention measures aimed at flushing out illegal revenue collectors in various parks across the state.
The commissioner said this while receiving protesting members of Onitsha-Nkwelle Ezunaka Drivers Welfare Association (ONDWAS) at the Jerome Udoji Secretariat Complex, Awka.
Armed with some placards, they displayed inscriptions like, `We don’t want Jekwu in our park again’, `He has been using thugs to collect money from us’, and `Government help us to remove Jekwu from our loading pit’.
The association members numbering no fewer than120 stormed the state Secretariat Complex to protest a case of extortion, intimidation and high handedness by its state chairman, Mr Jekwu Oligbo.
Addressing the protesters, Dr Madubuko thanked them for venting their grievances in a peaceful manner and assured of government’s prompt intervention to resolve the issue.
He emphasised the resolve of government to prosecute anybody found collecting illegal levies from transporters with fake receipts, warning such indulgence must not be allowed to continue.
While stating that government approved only Internally Generated Revenue receipts and union tickets, he directed them to articulate their complaint in writing to enable him to take immediate action.
Spokesman of the group, Mr Gabriel Ekwenze, told the commissioner that Mr Oligbo had been using his might to impose all forms of unapproved levies on them over the past two years.
He added that in the recent past, he resorted to use of thugs to harass and intimidate non conforming members to yield to his selfish interest.
One of the protesters, Mr Friday Obogu, pleaded with the state government to intervene as a matter of urgent importance to free them “from the shackles of slavery thrust upon them by Mr Oligbo.”