Trailers Union Decries Reign of Touts along Aba – PH Road
Members of the Heavy Duty Trailers Union in Onne branch, Rivers State, have decried the activities of touts who pose as task force members along the Imo River end of the Aba-Port Harcourt road in the state.
Chairman of the Union, Comrade Mohammed Umar Giwa disclosed this to newsmen after receiving an award from a Port Harcourt based media group, the League of South South Media Professionals in his office located at the Trailer Park in Onne.
Comrade Giwa lamented that the activities of the touts have caused untold hardship to its members in their efforts to convey goods to the state.
The union chairman appealed to the media to assist in informing the state government on the difficulties of their members especially while crossing the Imo River bridge to the state, alleging that the touts demand and extort collect all manner of levies from heavy duty vehicles coming into the state.
He said the Union has met several times with the commissioner in charge of Transport on the matter but that not much has changed.
Giwa said “One of our conductors was killed few weeks ago along the same Imo River axis after a disagreement with the touts who demanded for money from the driver leading to protests by our members in the area. All our efforts to get the police to investigate the matter turned out a blame game.”
Comrade Giwa called on the state government and security agencies to clear the road of the touts, emphasizing that as a law abiding Union, its members were willing to pay legally approved taxes to the state government.
The Chairman commended the League of South South Media Professionals for the award conferred on him, stressing that it will motivate him to do more for the Union and humanity.
The event was attended by executives and members of the union including the General Secretary, Mohammed Lawal.