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Bus owners body tasks drivers on commuters’ safety

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ASSOCIATION of Urban Bus Owners has charged drivers and other workers in the transport sector to focus on improved service delivery to citizens in the state.

  The call was made during a meeting held by the association on Sunday,  at the union’s head office in Nkpor, Idemili North Local Government Area of Anambra State.

  Speaking to newsmen, the group Chairman, Chinedu Molokwu decried some ugly experiences passengers, as well as honest drivers encounter on the road in the hands of unscrupulous elements and assured that their organisation will not sit back and let impunity reign in their chosen business field.

  He warned all drivers who are not ready to conduct their businesses in a very civilized and honest manner to consider other business as the new system in the sector does not have a place for them.

  Mr Molokwu maintained that safety and well-being of passengers remain priority of the union and charged all small bus and shuttle drivers conducting their businesses from Awka to Onitsha to get registered in line with Governor Soludo’s  public transportation policy, for social security and harmony.

  The group leader thanked the Anambra State Governor, Professor Chukwuma Soludo for his initiatives toward returning the state to its enviable height, through his ‘prosperous mega-city and liveable homestead’ vision.

  On his part, the union’s secretary, Ngozika Kalu reiterated their resolve to work with the government to give public transportation a good image in the state.

  “We are out to educate our drivers on decorum and public discipline. It is our target to restore confidence in the minds of commuters for them to see and know that drivers and people working in the transport sector are human beings with brains and manners. They should not be seen as irresponsible people. We want passengers also to have a feel of security and safety in the system.   When a passenger lsses any item on transit, they will have hopes of recovering them again. That is why we commend this vehicle registration exercise in the state,” Kalu insisted.

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  In his remarks, the Public Relations Officer of the association, Michael Ifeatu Akosa said, “when things go the way it ought not to be in the society, you evolve a system to match the development. We appreciate Governor Soludo, who is on the right track and we are committed to following him. In every service, there is gain, so, I am sure, we all stand to gain in this transformation ongoing in the sector and state at large.”

  Contributing, an  Oyo indigene resident in the state, Mr Bamidola Martins expressed appreciation to the state government for their initiatives and as well, the leaders of their transport union for embracing and keying into government’s direction.

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