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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.

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