N800m lost to touts monthly in Anambra?


* State probes 13,000 Keke /Okada groups as transport crisis rock parks

Could it be true that Anambra State government loses N800m every month in rackets around keke (tricycle) operations?

Now, four commercial towns in Anambra State have been greeted with transport crisis following the proliferation of parks/terminals and rip off of commuters in the state.

The most affected areas are Onitsha, Nnewi, Ekwulobia and Awka, capital city of the state.

Currently 230 unregistered transport parks and terminals are operating in the state with illegal government approvals which has led to the lost of revenue by the state government to over N800 million monthly.

This development has affected about 13,000 Keke operators and shuttle bus operators in the state who have been lamenting intimidation and extortion by the illegal park and terminal operators in the state.

To this end, the Anambra state government has set up a Century Working Committee for public and private parks organization and coordination of commercial buses, shuttles and  tricycle operators in the state.

According to the state Commissioner for Transport, Dr Christian Madubuko after the inauguration of an eleven man committee, he noted that the body is charged with these responsibilities.

“Assisting the ministry of transport towards achieving intelligent transport system and to monitor, supervise and organize world class transport system for the state.

“The committee is also to ensure commuters enjoy standard services from operators of commercial vehicles and stakeholders in the transport industries.

Speaking shortly after the inauguration, Chairman of the Committee, Dr Timothy Ihemadu, explained that they are at home with the transport crisis in the state, adding that a framework has been put in place to salvage the transport crisis.