Raymond Ozoji, Awka
Following the occurrence of multiple fire incidents in Anambra state recently due to the brake failures of petrol tankers, the state government says it has taken corrective measures to regulate the movements of articulated trucks within the state.
The state commissioner for transport, Dr. Christian Madubuko stated this during an exclusive interview with our correspondent in his office at the secretariat complex Awka.
Madubuko, who expressed deep concern for the victims of the fire disasters, said it has become imperative to put a check on the movements of heavy duty trucks into Anambra especially petrol tankers to forestall further occurrence of such misfortunes in the state.
He said the state had recently witnessed a lot of accidents occasioned by big trucks and as such there was need to protect the lives and properties of the citizenry, noting that there would be a government policy on the movements of articulated vehicles in and outside Anambra state.
The commissioner said, “Recently, the state has witnessed a lot of accidents occasioned by big trucks. So the state government is working round the clock to ensure that such thing doesn’t occur in future. So I can tell you confidently that we must regulate the movements of big trucks to determine when they should move within Anambra state so that we can secure the lives and properties of the citizenry.”
Similarly, the commissioner said government was currently dealing with fake revenue agents in the state. On the alleged levy imposed on tricycle riders in the state by some hoodlums who disguise themselves as government tax collectors, the commissioner noted that government did not recruit anyone to collect taxes and levies on its behalf, instead government used the tricycle unions to enforce compliance.