ANAMBRA STATE GOVERNMENT RESTRICTS MOVEMENT OF ARTICULATED VEHICLES

VEHICLE2VEHICLESThe Anambra State Government says it will  restrict  articulated vehicles from plying its roads between six o’clock in the morning to seven o’clock in the evening  to prevent road crashes in the state.
The State Commissioner for Transport,  Mr.  Ifeanyichukwu Ejikeme, announced  this  in a chat with newsmen in  his office in Awka, the state capital.
He said the state government had  set aside  two billion naira for the construction of  truck parks at  four sites in the state to enable it to enforce the order.
Mr. Ejikeme explained that the parks would be constructed in Onitsha, Amoka- Ihiala local government area, Ogbunka in Orumba South local government  area,and Amansea in Awka North local government area.
The Commissioner pointed out that Governor Willie Obiano had wanted the order to be enforced this month but for logistics challenges.
He emphasised that the Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice,Mr. Anali Chude had perfected  a bill in that direction to the state House of Assembly to give the restriction a legal  backing.
According to him, on one occasion, no fewer than sixty- five  persons were burnt to death in a fell swoop in Onitsha in such a circumstance.
The commissioner said upon perfection of the arrangements, the state would go tough on any truck  that contravened the law.
Correspondent Kevin Ekediegwu quotes Mr. Ejikeme as saying that drivers of  such vehicles would be arrested and made to pay  stipulated fines, or go to prison as the case might be.

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