Dr. Alex Otti, the newly-elected governor of Abia State, has ordered the immediate suspension of all transportation charges previously imposed on buses, taxis, tricycles (keke), and other commercial vehicles operating on Abia roadways.
According to a statement made by Ferdinand Ekeoma, Special Adviser to the Governor on Media and Publicity, the decision is effective right away.
According to DAILY POST, the governor promised to review the alleged extortion in the levy collecting as part of his campaign pledges.
The suspension would last until the new administration “reviews these levies and makes public its arrangements for the smooth, organized, and transparent collection of such transport levies in a manner that would not lead to extortion, intimidation, and violation of rights and privileges of Abia residents,” according to the statement.
The current approach, in the government’s opinion, should not be permitted to continue because it is antiquated and seriously detrimental to both the economic health of the state and the lives of its citizens.