By Gladys Nweke
The Rivers State House of Assembly has given an express order asking the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) to stop further collection of levies.
Chairman Committee on Transport Hon Prince Ngbor gave this order today, and said further collection by the union should stop pending the outcome of a petition before the committee.
The petitions were filed by Rivers Transport and Investment Corporation, Rivers Drivers Transport Corporative Union and Self Employed and Commercial Drivers Association.
They are accusing the National Union of Road Transport Workers of extorting and harassing them.
The petition read: “As you may recall, bus and taxi drivers have constantly been at loggerhead with members of the NURTW since the state government introduced its unified tax system.
“The driver are worried why they should pay to the state government and still pay to the union even when the chairman of the Rivers State Internal Revenue Service, Adoage Norteh, had asked them to stop collection of levies.
But the NURTW insisted that the policy of the state government does not affect them.
They said they are established by the laws of the federal government.