The government of Imo State has approved the creation of six public motor parks for private motorists in Owerri, the state capital.
The state Commissioner for Transport, Chief Rex Anunobi disclosed this on Saturday while speaking with newsmen in Owerri.
Anunobi informed that the project is in line with the “urban renewal” initiative of the state governor, Senator Hope Uzodimma.
He stated that the parks remain the strategic points of decongesting traffic in the state capital which linked up over nine states within the southern Nigeria.
Hear him; “So as we are containing the commuters, we are also looking at the private motorists that always liter along the major streets of Owerri, and thereby adding to the traffic jam.
“And I am happy that the state governor, Senator Hope Uzodimma has approved immediate creation of the parks. And it will help to evacuate vehicles that always park on over seven metres width along the roads.
“These vehicles are not only constituting traffic congestion, but an eyesore in the state capital. It is the only way of proving the beauty of the urban renewal initiative of our governor. Those vehicles should be parked at the public motor parks and a token fare will be paid by the owners at the end of the day so as to service the guards”.
According to him, bankers and other corporate personnel should henceforth park their vehicles at the public motor parks and pay, stressing that the parks are currently temporary as government will soon build standard ones”.
He expressed gratitude to Governor Uzodimma for investing much in road reconstruction, maintaining that his second term bid remains a work over.
The new public motor parks are located on Wetheral Road by Dan Anyiam Stadium, Wetheral by FSP Park, Bank Road, Orlu Road, Relief Market and Douglas Road by Mother and Child Hospital.
Also speaking, the Coordinator of Imo State Traffic Management Authority, ISTMA, Frank Obi Uche lauded the Transport Commissioner for his innovative ideas which gave birth to the creation of the new public motor parks.
Uche expressed delight that the project has enhanced his job, adding that his men will continue to work with “human face” and add value to the present administration.
He called on the personnel of corporate organizations to always drive to any of the nearest public parks and park their vehicles as his men will be there to safeguard them while a token fare will be charged at the end of the day.