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Rivers Assembly Seeks Compliance To State Policy On Transport

Vannessa Eddie




In a bid to curtail as much as possible the menace caused by commercial vehicles in the state as well as the popular “one chance” menace in Rivers State, Rivers lawmakers have mandated the House Committee on Transport to liaise with the Ministry of Transport to ascertain the current position of the executive policy on use of Rivers colour by commercial vehicle operators.

This was sequel to the motion presented by Hon. Prince Ngbor on the indiscriminate use of colours by commercial cars and buses operators in the state.

He prayed the House to among other things call on the Ministry of Transport to look into the policy that stipulates that commercial vehicles should be painted with Rivers State colours; blue and white, which according to him brought sanity and serenity in the state.

In their separate views Messrs. Sokulu Solomon and Mathew Dike, while debating on the motion noted that the Rivers colours and the identification numbers is not just for proper identification but also for security reasons pointing out that with the identification numbers conspicuously written on the taxes, any vehicle involved in any form of criminal activity will be easily identified and apprehended.

They also stressed the need to assist Government’s efforts in fighting insecurity by ensuring that commercial vehicles wear State’s colour and with reference numbers on them for proper identification adding that the process of getting the reference numbers will also generate revenue for the Government.

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On his part, Hon. Martin Amaewhule called on the House Committee on Transport to liaise with the Ministry Of Transport and other relevant authorities and find out what the policy of Rivers State Government stipulates on painted commercial vehicles and also what the ministry is doing with regards to the ban on commercial motor cycles popularly called Okada.

The Speaker, Rt. Hon. Ikuinui Owaji Ibani, while ruling on the motion urged the Ministry of Transport to wake up to their responsibilities and be able to give out authentic information with regards to the Policy while exposing the crimes perpetrated by commercial vehicles operators.

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