Monday, June 17, 2013

“Don’t pay money to roadside touts” – FG committee warns vehicle owners

National chairman of the National Committee Against Touting and Other Related Matters, Dr. Mike Anikwendu has charged mass transit agencies, transport owners and commercial drivers not to pay any money to highwaytouts who mount illegal roadblocks and pose as revenue collectors.

This was contained in a press release made available to journalists yesterday, after the 2013 first quarter briefing for all the stakeholders in the nation’s transport sector held at the secretariat of the National Committee Against Touting in Abuja.
Dr. Ike Anikwendu, who cited Decree No. 21 of 1998 and the Act prohibiting touting and other related matters, said that no person or group whatsoever was authorized to mount illegal roadblocks for any form of revenue collection on the nation’s highway.
He vehemently condemned the notorious activities of the touts, which he said posed safety as well as security risks to road users.
The Head Bridge, Onitsha, Okene-Lokoja Road, Kogi State, Okpella and Control Post in Imo State, Elele and Eleme junction in Rivers State, Kaduna – Zaria Road, Keffi – Lafia Road to Jos, Ikot Obas in Akwa Ibom State, Asaba to Benin Toll Gate bye-pass, Ore in Ondo State, Ogbere Forest in Ijebu-Ode and Shagamu to Lagos Toll Gate among others were identified as some of the places the illegality occurs.

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