Multiple taxation: Drivers laud Obiano over on-going clamp down on fake revenue agents

ANAMBRA State drivers, under the aegis of Allied Anambra Drivers Progressive Association, AADPA have given Governor Willie Obiano a pat on the back for issuing an order for the on-going clampdown against fake revenue agents in the state.

They also commended the state Commissioner for Transport, Chief Uchenna Okafor for his combined efforts with Obiano in minimising multiple ticket circulation and touting along the ever busy Onitsha/Owerri road by Upper Iweka axis in Onitsha.

Co-ordinator of AADPA, Comrade Obinna Okeke Anisiobi who made the commendation in a press statement issued at Onitsha, on Monday said he and his unit heads are appreciative of the state government’s efforts at ridding the state of fakers and at the same time reducing the number of motor tickets and tolls being sold to their members in the state.

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Anisiobi who noted that AADPA is an association taking care of drivers operating within Onitsha, Oba, Oraifite, Ozubulu, Okija, Ihiala, Uli and Amorka all in Anambra State, and Orlu, Mgbidi and Awo-Omamma in Imo State, expressed optimism that the governor and his transport commissioner would sustain the tempo of fight against fakers and multiple ticket sales until they are stamped out of existence.

They also expressed optimism that Obiano’s administration would create bus stops within the Upper Iweka and Owerri road axis to enable their members to operate freely as against the current trend where there are no bus stops for their members to stop and pick or drop passengers within the Upper Iweka and Owerri road axis.

According to the drivers, “We are appealing to the government to create official bus stops to reduce the rate at which commercial vehicles are impounded along the Onitsha/Owerri road. We suggest that government should also come up with an harmonised motor tickets so as to differentiate the genuine ones from those printed by numerous fake revenue agents and touts because even if the clamp down on fakers persisted, the state government anti-fake revenue task force hunting the fakers might not get all the fakers or know how, where and when the fakers operate.”

They further suggested that the government could create a uniformed revenue ticket for inter-state and town services, just as the association has its own harmonised revenue ticket which they said is strictly for the welfare of their members.