By Obinna Kesta Anum.

The day our amiable governor released the commissioner nominees list, I horridly scanned through it looking for a particular name. When he swore them into office and assigned them portfolios, I did the same to know where that same name fell into because I know for sure that a sector in governance is about being re-branded.

It is only someone who doesn’t know the best practices in the Transportation Sector that will argue the fact that Imo State have been one of the worst in Nigeria over the years in that regard. The system has been in mess with very little or no attention at all from the previous administrations.

~ Very bad and unmarked roads

~ Very poor driving culture (inability to read and understand road signs)

~ Lack of legal Bus Stops/Parks (illegal car parks)

~ Lack of Traffic Lights and Directive Sign Posts

~ Extortion from hoodlums (impersonating government agents from the BIR)

All I listed above are just some of the causes of the bad Transportation System as operated in my dear state.

However, in line with the vision to achieve the 3Rs as embedded in the manifesto of the Government Of Shared Prosperity led by the People’s Governor, His Excellency, Senator Hope Uzodimma (Onwa Oyoko), we can now say that our Transportation System is gradually being ”SOKOMMIZED” by none other than the Honourable Commissioner for Transport himself, Chief Barr Sokom Rexanunobi (Ebubedike) whom within a very short period of time in office has seen to the provision of well functional Traffic lights and Bus stop Shelters. Measures are being put in place to ensure a good driving culture in the State and many more improvements to follow.

And as my friend Francis Udoka Ndimkoha rightly said, these initiatives especially the availability of Bus stop shelters would discourage indiscriminate picking and dropping of passengers within the State Capital and beyond.

These Bus Shelters with beautiful branding space provided for businesses to advertise their products and services, are the first of its brand within the South East. These solid structure runs on 24/7 solar energy lightings that are built with steel to withstand all weather.

Security is now guaranteed at nights and rain would no longer drench passengers during rainy season.