Anambra Drivers Association Seeks Government Support To Eradicate Touts Some members of the United Mini Truck Drivers Association, Anambra State (UMTDAAS) have vowed to cooperate with the Government rather than embark on a politically motivated strike.
They urged their members to go about their normal businesses as some of the challenges in the sector border on touting.
Commissioner for information, Mr C Don Adinuba, had in statement alluded to the fact that some members UMTDAAS had planned to embark on strike aided by some disgruntled elements out to cause confusion.
The strike failed because an appreciable majority did not want to disrupt peace in the state,
The statement had urged them to wait for the state government’s blueprint, which would help to put an end to challenges of touting and multiple taxation that hindered the growth and development of the transport sector in the state.
President-General of the Association, Mr Bernard Oluchukwu in Onitsha during an interaction with information Officers, urged his members not to join in the strike and rather lie low for now.
He condemned the use of touts by some powerful individuals to unleash terror in breaking the ranks of the drivers.
Mr Oluchukwu expressed confidence in the state Government’s commitment toward working with the association to provide better working conditions for members.
“Some of these touts have injured a lot of our members and caused accidents on our roads.
“This is why we are appealing to government to help by granting us a unified ticket and mandate to pilot our affairs in a transparent and accountable manner.’’
UMTDAAS Public Relations Officer, Mr Chisom Egbuoyibo commended the Commissioner for Transport, Mr Afam Mbanefo for his technological input in decongesting roads in Anambra State.
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He urged mini truck drivers to support the association and government in order to have one voice against sponsors and beneficiaries of touting, which had cost the state millions of naira at the expense of the drivers. (MOI)