Commercial drivers in Port Harcourt have called on the Rivers State Government to urgently tackle the increasing menance of touts popularly known as “Agberoes” on the roads as their activities are becoming embarrassing to the public, including commuters.
A cross section of drivers and passengers who spoke with The Tide in Port Harcourt said it is high time government took drastic action to avert the emergence of another monster.
Some said apart from government recognized traffic agencies, the touts have eventually taken over every bus-stop and all roads in the city, as well as set up illegal motor parks to extort money from drivers.
The Tide also gathered that some put on uniforms with fake identity cards and hire vehicles to carry out their illegal businesses by chasing after unsuspecting drivers and most times harass and embarrass the occupants of vehicles.
“They have formed illegal unions and groups which if not checked now would metamorphosed into something that could cause the state a lot of concern,” a concerned commuter said.
A commercial taxi cab driver who plies Rumuola to Boro Park said “touts increase every day with different modes of operations”.
The driver, who requested not to be named said they are tired and do not know what to do again as the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW), which is the recognized body in the road transport business also showed lack of concern in the action of the touts.
“It look as if they have the backing and support of NURTW, so let the government save us from these heartless boys”, he said.
At Aggrey Road axis of Lagos bus-stop and station bus stop all in Port Harcourt township, it is always an ugly scenario.
The touts at both sides of the Aggrey Road used hard objects to hit on vehicles especially taxi cabs that refused to pay them ransome, while some were allegedly commissioned to collect money on behalf of the JTF stationed there.
At station bus-stop, drivers paid N300.00 for every full load of passengers to a group of touts, who have taken over the government bus-stop.
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FRSC Commences Enforcement Of NIN In Driver’s Licence Processing
Following the Federal Government’s directives on the harmonisation of citizens’ data by relevant agencies, the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) had in compliance with the directives earlier put members of the public on notice.
As a follow up to that, FRSC Management has resolved that effective December 21, 2020, all applicants for the National Driver’s Licence in Nigeria must present the National Identification Number ( NIN) from the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) before they can be captured for any class of the licences produced by the FRSC.
According to the press release signed by the Assistant Corps Marshal Bisi Kazeem, all driver’s licence applicants are therefore, expected to present their National Identification Number (NIN) from the date, before they can be attended to, adding that there would be no waiver for anyone.
Bisi further stressed the need for a harmonised database on citizens’ information which he said is critical to resolving the challenges of identifying individuals to assist security agencies in data collation and quick retrievals to address some of the national security challenges.
He called on members of the public particularly, those going for their driver’s licence processing to take note of the directives and carefully follow the procedures for obtaining their NIN from the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) which must be verified to be authentic, before action can be taken on their application for the licences.
Kazeem further stated that all numbers presented by the applicants must correspond with what NIMC issued to individuals for a harmonised database.
The Corps Public Education Officer solicited the cooperation of members of the public to make the policy a success in the collective interest of the nation and commitment to building and maintaining a credible national database on citizens.
He assures that FRSC remains committed to supporting the Federal Government in its resolve to tackling the challenges of citizens’ identification and national security challenges.
While reassuring the driver’s licence applicants of improved services at the licence processing centres across the country, the FRSC spokesperson reiterated the earlier messages of Corps Marshal Oyeyemi that improved service delivery remains the center point of the corps’ operations.
He further stressed that with due compliance by all driver’s licence applicants, the process of physical capturing at the licence processing centre would be smooth in line with the improved processes put in place.
Monarch Tasks RSG, NDDC On Chokota-Umuebulu Road
The Onye Ishi Ala Chokota in Etche Local Government Area of Rivers State, Eze I.S. Wekeh, has appealed to the Rivers State Governor, Chief Nyesom Wike, and the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) to add Chokota-Ikwerengwo-Umuebulu Road to their respective priority projects with a view to rehabilitating the road.
Eze Wekeh who made the appeal recently while speaking with newsmen urged the state government to come to the aid of the residents in the area, saying the area hosts several oil wells mined by Shell Petroleum Development Corporation (SPDC), therefore playing a key role in the revenue generation of the nation.
According to him, “during the time the present state government flagged-off the construction of Igbo-Rumuokwurusi Road, there was an assurance that Chokota-Ikwerengwo-Umuebulu Road will be rehabilitated, but we are still hopeful that the road is still dear to his heart, as we are still expecting result. I am also appealing to NDDC to come to the aid of the inhabitants of the area as well as the multinational corporation operating in the area”.
A resident in the area, Mrs Adaku Amadi, who spoke to The Tide, said “Things are very difficult here for us due to the bad road. Our mothers use to go to the farm with bicycle or motor cycle and they usually fall on the bad road. Some pregnant women will deliver without any medical treatment because of lack of access to medication due to bad road. So we are appealing to government to help us alleviate this suffering by rehabilitating the road”.
Another resident in the area, Mr Paul Wosu, said “my brother, we use to suffer here and we are expecting government to do something, even NDDC as an interventionist agency to come to our aid. Now you can drive in because everywhere is dry, but during the rainy season, you can not dare it, because the flood will drown you. We are still appealing for positive response from the relevant authorities”.
It would be recalled that the NDDC had sometime in 2006 promised to fix the road as part of their priority projects, but could not mobilise to site till date a result, the state government promised to rehabilitate the road.
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