By Chioma Ndife
Members of Urban Drivers Welfare Association, Anambra State (UDWAAS), have raised an alarm over a plot by another association to storm the road and hijack the
collecting tolls and levies from the drivers on roads in the state.
The group however urged the drivers in Anambra State not pay any levy to another body as government had not assigned the collection of levies to another body other than UDWAAS, the association which they belonged.
The association through the President, Prince Moses Ohanebo, disclosed the plot of Road Transport Employers Association of Nigeria, RTEAN, and plans which UDWAAS had come up with to resist the activities of RTEAN while briefing journalists in his office in Onitsha, on Friday, May 29.
Ohanebo alleged that the
members of RTEAN had been mobilizing to storm roads in the state to be collecting tolls and levies, but vowed that the drivers would resist them on the roads.
‘There are videos and messages on social media by suspected RTEAN members threatening to take over the tax collection in Anambra State by Monday, June 1. We are doing this for the members of the public and our members to be aware of the plot and to resist them and the illegality about to happen.
‘We are the approved and ch issue had not been resolved up till now. We want people to know that this group is coming into the state to cause problem and we are ready to resist them,’ he said.
recognized association known by the Anambra State Government and we have been working peacefully in the state. The same group last year stormed the state to take over parks in the state which issue had not been resolved up till now. We want people to know that this group is coming into the state to cause problem and we are ready to resist them,’ he said.
He called on the state government to be aware of the plot by RTEAN and the law enforcement agents to be at alert to curtail their activities and stop their illegality in the state.
‘We are law abiding citizens, we don’t want to clash with anybody and they should be called to order. They don’t have any approval or authority to collect tolls in the state, even the Anambra State Government banned the association in the state. We are advising the drivers not to give them any money because we are ready to resist them. We have written to the police, DSS and State Ministry of Transport over this matter,’ Ohanebo stated.
However, when the Public Relations Officer of RTEAN, Mr. A.I. Nwankwo, was contacted through the phone, he denied the allegations, saying that there was no such plan by the association. He however noted that the association was registered in CAC under an act of parliament and could not be banned from operating in the state.
He disclosed that the plan to hijack the revenue collection in Anambra was being spearheaded by the Mr. Kingsley Maduaguna led leadership faction of the RTEAN, noting that the said fraction had no government backing or approval.