The Imo State Ministry of Transport in conjunction with the Imo State Internal Revenue Service (IIRS) has temporarily suspended the collection of daily tickets from commercial buses, motorcycles and tricycles in the state.
The suspension takes effect from May 9, 2022.
The suspension was announced in a statement dated May 9, 2022 and jointly signed by the state Commissioner for Transport, Chief Rex Sokom Anunobi and Interim Chairman, Imo State Internal Revenue Service, IIRS, Dr. Ifeanyi Okeke.
The statement disclosed that the suspension was to enable the state government migrate from analogue collection to daily e-ticketing.
The statement enjoined the public particularly operators of commercial buses, tricycles and motorcycles to ensure compliance.
It announced the dissolution with immediate effect of all collection agents of the daily tickets for the state government.
The state government stated that the daily ticket still remains the precondition for plying the roads in the state.
The state government submitted that anyone found collecting the daily ticket within the period of the suspension will be arrested and prosecuted accordingly.
Meanwhile, commercial drivers in the state have continued to decry the spate of robberies they encounter daily on roads in the state.
One taxi driver, whose identity was not disclosed told Hot 99.5FM Owerri during a breakfast programme, Peoples Assembly on May 11 how two armed gunmen intercepted him along the Obinze section of the Owerri- Port Harcourt Expressway and abducted four of his passengers, two boys and two ladies.
He said he confronted one of the hoodlums before managing to escape from the scene to alert police at a nearby checkpoint as well as nearby police station as the incident was happening.
The driver said to his utter chagrin, the policemen failed to act.
Callers to the programme wondered how police could continue to claim to be the friends of the public when they fail to protect lives and property of the people.