Imo State Commissioner for Transport, Rex Anunobi has said government will not spare any commuter driver caught sabotaging its policy on transportation in the state.
He accused some drivers of sabotaging the transaction policy of the state government.
According to him, the drivers in a bid to evade the compulsory painting and data capturing exercise of commercial vehicles in the state have resorted to registering their vehicles under students associations.
Speaking at a meeting with Students Union Governments (SUGs) in his office on Friday, Anunobi described such registration with National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) and National Association of Imo State Students (NAISS) as sabotage of government policy.
Our correspondents gathered that students had insisted that commercial vehicles operating under Students Welfare Intervention (Transport) Scheme would not bear the official colour of the government.
Anunobi, however promised to accept any compromise that will protect the interest of the students especially if it does not contravene the law of the state.
He emphasized that the implementation of the law become imperative considering the security situation in the country to protect the public transit operators and commuters.
Anunobi reiterated that government was committed to restoring sanity in the transportation sector hence the need to ensure that commercial drivers complied with the law.
He however said vehicles that shuttle within campuses and to-and-fro the town to drop off the students were exempted.
Two student leaders, Victor Ezenagu and Okereke Bishop, promised that the students would cooperate with the government of Senator Hope Uzodimma in all other aspects of the law.
They however pleaded that their Students Welfare Intervention (Transport) Scheme vehicles be exempted to retain the institutions/associations colours.
Highlight of the meeting was the directive to SUGs to submit the lists of registered drivers/vehicles in their respective schemes/associations to the Ministry of Transport.
The parties were to also reconvene on Thursday next week for further deliberation on the matter.