By Chimaobi Nwaiwu
Vehicular and Human motion was on Thursday halted for 4 hours, inflicting heavy visitors gridlock in Onitsha the industrial metropolis of Anambra State and its environs.
This adopted the protest by tricycle operators who withdrew their companies to the general public and blocked all of the entry and exit roads within the metropolis.
Thousands of commuters have been made to trek lengthy distances by tricycle operators who compelled their colleagues to discharge their passengers half approach to be a part of them block the roads to assault the eye of the state authorities to their plight.
Spokesman for tricycle operators Anselm Duru whereas addressing newsmen at DMGS roundabout Onitsha, alleged that the income brokers employed by the Anambra State Government are accumulating not lower than N3,500 from every operator on day by day foundation, inflicting accidents on them for asking for receipts for the cash they pay to them.
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He gave space in Onitsha and its environs have been such levies are allegedly being collected from them with violence as, Savoy Junction to Awka Raod, DMGS roundabout to New Cemetery Road, DMGS to Ose Okwodu Market, Venn Road to Port Harcourt Road, Venn Road to Niger Bridge Head Junction, Basilica of the Most Holy Trinity Junction to 33 Junction Onitsha.
Duru and a few of his members displayed a few of the tickets given to them as Commercial Tricycle Owners and Drivers Welfare Association Anambra State, CTORNAAS, N550, Loading and Offloading Pit Fee Permit, N300, Anambra State Internal Revenue Service, N350.
They alleged that Savoy Junction brokers has 5 Pits that collects N300 every not receipted, which is N1500 on a regular basis from every operator, whereas in addition they pay between N200 to N300 at any Junction they drop passenger to brokers manning such pits.
Other areas they alleged they’re being extorted between N500 to N850 on a regular basis are Basilica of the Most Holy Trinity Junction to 33 Junction Onitsha, Venn highway Junction to Port Harcourt highway, and Venn highway to Niger Bridge Head Onitsha.
They due to this fact appealed to the Anambra State Governor Sir Willie Obiano to intervene by disclosing the names of the levies and the quantity they’re anticipated pay to the federal government.
However the State Commissioner for Information Mr. Don Adinuba stated that tricycle operators are usually not presupposed to pay greater than N700 day by day
“We have many revenue syndicates, operating in the state defrauding the government and tricycle operators, you know that the Governor has just yesterday appointed a new Commissioner for Transport, we appeal to tricycle operators not to take laws into their hands, the new Commissioner will address their grievances.”