Illegal IGR Collection : Transport Commissioner Dissolves Keke-Tricycle Union (KKAWAAPU) in Anambra State.
By Obika Chidiebele Cy
The Honourable Commissioner for Transport in Anambra State, Sir Uchenna Okafor has dissolved the executive of Keke tricycle union (KKAWAAPU) in the state.
The Commissioner met with the dissolved leadership of the Union and riders earlier today in his office at Jerome Udorji Secretariat, Awka and warned them not to disobey the order.
Said ” When the ministry was notified of the activities of illegal IGR Agents on Keke tricycles about three months ago, I quickly called you and tasked you to identify these illegal IGR Agents that sell fake tickets to riders. I gave you three months to carry out that exercise.”
” It’s unfortunate that up till now, this executive could not point at one person as the illegal IGR Agent which means, this leadership is benefiting from whatever proceeds the illegal IGR Agents collect”.
” If you look at the leadership of commercial motocylists (okada) in the state, you hardy can see fake receipts because their leadership is truly interested in the welfare and progress of its members; but in the Keke union, the leadership obviously connives with enemies of the state and extort monies off the suffering Keke riders. This can no longer be condoned. I hereby dissolve this executive and the Ministry will set up a caretaker committee in due course that will ensure sanity in the leadership of Keke tricycle Union.”
“Also, the state reiterates that all forms of IGR collection or union dues on the streets and roads of Anambra State remain banned. The Nigeria Police, NSCDC, The Nigeria Army and other Security Agencies have been briefed to arrest and prosecute anybody or group parading as the executive of Keke Tricycle Union in the state. ” the commissioner said.
Earlier in his office, Hon. Okafor played host to the new Anambra State Sector Commander of the Federal Road Safety Corps, Mr. Andrew Kumapayi who resumed duties some weeks ago.
Mr. Andrew appreciated the efforts of the commissioner in ensuring free flow of traffic throughout the state.
He said ” I’ve been briefed of your exploits and how your thoughtful policies have greatly helped in reduction of accidents, free flow of traffic even during yuletide and the cordial relationship that exist between your office and the Anambra State sector of the Road Safety. I’m here to seek your continued partnership in that regard”
Responding, Hon. Okafor thanked the visiting team and pledged his continous support in ensuring free flow of traffic in the state. He asked the Sector Commander to feel free and carry out his duties as Anambra remains the safest state in Nigeria.