By Ozo Ray
The Anambra State Tippers Association (ATA) has presented a token of N500, 000 condolence package to the family of its member who died recently during active service.
The condolence package was part of its constitutional mandate to any bereaved member to enable the next of kin to have some relief in the interim.
The state Commissioner for Transport, Mr. Afam Mbanefo, who witnessed the ceremony at Awkuzu Garage Oyi Local Government Area of Anambra State, Tuesday, said it was laudable for ATA to have taken the welfare of its members as top priority, especially deceased members of the association.
The transport commissioner who was represented by the Public Relations Officer of the Ministry of Transport, Mr. Emeka Ilozo, said the importance of being a member of an association could not be over-emphasized because associations worked as teammates and achieved greater goals.
Mbanefo explained that government saw the need to have all tipper operators under one umbrella to enable it to relate with the body rather than have them scattered as separate bodies, which, he said, was the remote reason government instituted Anambra State Tippers Association (ATA) for a holistic approach to their needs, while commending the association for the token it handed over to the family of its departed member.
President-General of the Anambra State Tippers Association, Prince Augustine Akaigwe, who presented the condolence package to the wife of the deceased, said it was constitutional that ATA honoured its fallen member; that although the dead could not return to life again, it was incumbent on ATA to mourn and sympathize with the family of its departed member.
Also a member of the Anambra State Tippers Association, Mr. Stanley Nkwoka, stressed the need for tipper drivers to shun illicit drugs, as well as eschew all forms of dangerous driving in consideration of other road users, adding that Anambra State Tippers Association would have a meeting with the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) where the agency would educate them on the aftermaths of drug abuse.
Meanwhile the elder brother of the late Udoka Azotani of Umueze Village, Umunachi Dunukofia, Local Government Area of Anambra State, who spoke on behalf of the family, thanked ATA for the condolence package given to his wife and urged them to remain nited.