Ebonyi State Governor, Francis Nwifuru, has taken decisive action by banning all transportation task force groups due to their alleged extortion and intimidation of transporters. The ban comes as a result of miscreants posing as government agents and causing distress to the transport sector. Governor Nwifuru has also issued a directive for street traders in Abakaliki, the state capital, to relocate to the Margret Umahi International Market. This move aims to alleviate traffic congestion and ensure smooth traffic flow and ease of movement in the area.
During an inspection of the various motor parks in the state, Chief Fredrick Nwogbaga, the senior special assistant on transport, announced the ban on the task force groups. He emphasized that this immediate ban is in the best interest of the state and its people. The ban aims to streamline the state government’s activities and put an end to the activities of unscrupulous individuals and miscreants in the transport sector. A new task force will be constituted to oversee transportation activities in the state.
Nwogbaga also examined over 40 unserviceable vehicles owned by the Ebonyi State Transport Services (EBOTRANS). He assured that his office will provide a comprehensive report to the governor, allowing the determination of the next steps for the vehicles. The present administration is committed to transforming the state transport company into a viable agency and expects to give it a much-needed facelift.
While urging transporters across the state to avoid reckless driving, Nwogbaga emphasized the importance of prioritizing their safety, as well as the safety of passengers and other road users. He also called on illegal park operators in the state capital to relocate to the state government-approved central motor park. Any individual caught loading at unauthorized motor parks will face arrest, and their vehicle will be confiscated by the authorities.