From Aloysius Attah, Onitsha
Members of the United Commercial Keke -NAPEP and Motorcycle Riders Association (UCKEMORAN) have lauded Governor Chukwuma Soludo’s approach to revenue drive in the state which they said has eliminated touting, brigandage and thuggery in Anambra State.
Chairman of UCKEMORAN, Anambra Chapter, Chief Arunsi Igbaniuka, who spoke in Onitsha yesterday said the novel approach adopted by the Soludo administration has brought a new era in the transport business sector in the state where decorum and sense of discipline now prevail as opposed to the period when lawlessness, killings , brutality and riotous atmosphere reigned supreme.
Ukah noted that before now, tricycle riders in the state pay a minimum of N3, 600 daily to different revenue agents who milk the struggling drivers dry, smile to the banks into their private pockets and end up diverting a large chunk of the government revenue.
He said the N3,600 extorted from the tricycle operators on daily basis amounted to about N108,000 per month per person but the harmonised system of paying N15,000 per month under the Soludo administration has brought the amount down to N500 daily per operator.
He urged the tricycle drivers and owners to get captured by registering and obtaining their numbers from the government so that they will be part of the enhanced system of revenue generation by the Soludo administration which will help government to succeed.