Raymond Ozoji, Awka
Following the recent proscription of commercial motorcycle operations in Awka and Onitsha respectively, the Anambra state government has taken more proactive measures to institute a transport infrastructure that meets global standards.
The initiative has therefore culminated into some of the most recent innovations in the transport subsector of the state economy.
The Chairman House of Assembly Committee on Transport Hon.Edward Obiefuna Ibuzo in taking cognisance of major developments in the transport subsector, observed that Governor Willie Obiano was making frantic effort to institute a transport system with the semblance of what he experienced in Germany and other advanced countries.
He said the governor was transforming the transport sector following the commissioning of an ultra-modern bus terminal at Upper Iweka Onitsha stressing that the innovation marked the end of motorparks in the state.
Ibuzo also observed that motorparks bred hoodlums who smoked Indian hemp as well as dispossessed commuters of their belongings, adding that the governor’s intervention was timely as terminals were transit abode where travellers could stay in the interim.
The lawmaker however maintained that he was in total support of the governor’s decision to ban Okada operations in Awka and Onitsha respectively pointing out that between January and July this year, the police had handled about 50 cases of robbery attacks perpetrated with motorcycles in Onitsha.
Ibuzo who emphasised that Governor Obiano’s initiative in the transport sector was commendable, noted further that there was an executive bill before the Anambra State House of Assembly to provide for a law to prohibit the operation of commercial motorcycles in the state and for other related matters thereto, presented by the state governor and supervised by his committee.
He also stated that the state government intended to build about 10 urban terminals with basic facilities across the three senatorial zones of the state, noting that the initiative was the first of its kind in Anambra state.