PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT
The Ministry of Transport, Imo State, has observed with dismay the ongoing erection of illegal structures along the duly mapped out and designated Federal railway route from the Port Harcourt road axis of Owerri in violation of the Owerri Master Plan.
The Ministry of Transport, Imo State wishes to warn that those building along the Federal railway route, designated and mapped out under the Owerri Master Plan for the aforementioned purpose are doing so at their own risk as the Shared Prosperity Government of Senator Hope Uzodinma is presently taking every necessary step to link Imo to other parts of the Country via railway lines that are being constructed across the Country by President Mohammadu Buhari led Federal Government of Nigeria.
The Ministry of Transport, Imo State therefore enjoins all involving in this illegal act as well as those engaging in any form of land grabbing and encroachment to keep off as government at no time reallocated the said land originally designated and mapped out as railway route.
This warning also goes to the corrupt officials at the Ministry of Lands that issue fake and unauthorised land allocation papers to desperate but unsuspecting members of the public as the long arms of the law will soon catch up with them.
Chief(Barr) Rex C. Anunobi
Hon. Commissioner for Transport, Imo State.
TRANSPORT MINISTRY PLANS RETURN TO ORIGINAL IMO COLOUR FOR TAXI/BUS IMO
…VOWS TO END ILLEGAL PARKING AND REVENUE DIVERSION
By Francis Obioma Ashamkonye
Imo State Ministry of Transport has revealed plans to revert to the original Imo colour for commercial vehicles otherwise known as Taxi/Bus Imo operating in Owerri municipal.
The Commissioner for Transport, Barr. Rex Anunobi, who disclosed this during a courtesy/interaction visit by Taxi/Bus Imo Transport Association to his office on Wednesday, said his ministry has considered it necessary to end the confusion as the colour presently used in Imo belongs to a neighbouring state.
The Commissioner who maintained that Imo colour enacted by the law of Imo State remains ‘blue and white’, said the Ministry of Transport will also use the painting and fleeting as an instrument to generate data on the number of commercial vehicles operating in Owerri municipality as well as help government put in place critical measures that will also help in checkmating crime.
Barr. Anunobi further disclosed that all commercial vehicles including those on intra and interstate routes will henceforth be routed and fleeted by the Ministry of Transport to entrench sanity in the transport sector in accordance with the Shared Prosperity vision of Gov. Hope Uzodinma.
According to the Commissioner, certain reforms enunciated in the Ministry’s blueprint will put a lasting stop to illegal parking as well as shore up revenue for the state government.
Emphasizing the need to ensure that all revenue leakages are plugged, the Commissioner said that the ministry is weighing the option of partnering with the leadership of Bus/Taxi Imo Transport Association in the collection of the MoT daily motor tickets as against consultants and touts who often divert government revenue from transport sector.
Barr. Anunobi also disclosed plans by his ministry to build an ‘All Purpose Imo Modern Travel Park along Onitsha road and exit/terminal parks at Amawire Orji, old Mechanic Village Nekede as well as upgrade Mbaise Park along Egbu road, Egbeada Market Park along Orlu road.
According to him, the parks will serve as terminal points for buses coming from Aba, Enugu, Okigwe, Onitsha, Portharcourt, Mbaise, Umuahia, Orlu and other places adding that the exit/terminal parks will naturally end illegal parking and traffic congestion in Owerri capital city.
Barr. Anunobi, therefore, solicited for the cooperation of the Association assuring that his ministry will at all times ensure that their interest is well protected.
Earlier in his speech, the Chairman of the Association, Chief Kingsley Nwachukwu, pledged their readiness to work closely with the Commissioner and his team to ensure sanity in the transport sector especially in Owerri capital city.
He also promised that the Association will help the ministry in its drive to shore up government revenue from the transport sector.
Those present during the visit include the Permanent Secretary, Lady Ngozi Izunobi and Directors in the ministry, Chief Nze Franklin Iwunze and Mr. Ebere Uzoukwa, SA Monitoring, Implementation and Enforcement and SA Media/Special Projects to the Honourable Commissioner.
The Honourable Commissioner for Transport, Chief(Barr) Rex Anunobi has opened discussion with the management of George Kenna Resources Limited aimed at restoring traffic lights in the capital city.
The meeting which held on Tuesday following a proposal earlier submitted to the ministry of Transport to that effect, explored the possibility of delivery the project at a minimal cost to the state.
The management of the company led by Mr. Emeka Njoku, said they are ready to install 25 solar-powered traffic lights at major roundabouts in the capital city.
The Commissioner for Transport, Barr. Anunobi, expressed the willingness of his ministry to partner with sincere partners in its quest to decongest traffic and sanitize transport system in the state.
He also disclosed that his ministry has developed a comprehensive blueprint that will transform the transport sector and entrench total sanity in the system under the Shared Prosperity government of Gov. Hope Uzodinma.
Those present in the meeting are the Permanent Secretary, Mrs Ngozi Izunobi and Directors in the ministry. Others are Chief Nze Franklin E. Iwunze, SA Monitoring, Implantation and Enforcement, Hon. Steve Agbarakwe, SA Technical and Mr. Ebere Uzoukwa, SA Media/Special Projects.