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Transporters threaten industrial action in Akwa Ibom

Posted: Apr 6, 2015 at 4:15 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Idongesit Ashameri/ Correspondent, Uyo   Stakeholders in the heavy duty transport sector in Akwa Ibom State have threatened to proceed on an indefinite strike action if the purported ban on sales on stickers and emblems is still enforced in Akwa Ibom State. The transporters complain that while being denied of the right to issue emblems and stickers to service the association’s operation, promoters of the NGO christened National Committee Against Touting goes about designing various forms of stickers with names such as Nigeria  Legion, Real Ex-servicemen and Human Right Defenders. In a statement issued by the association, signed by its Chairman, Mr Ita Offiong and made available to Daily Independent over the weekend, the transporters who described the ban as obnoxious said watching some greedy businessmen smile to the banks with monies the association would have used to maintain its operations is unacceptable. “We wish to bring to your notice that the purported Presidential order of December 1, 2003 against touting had since been declared illegal and principal members of the said committee arrested including the Akwa Ibom state coordinator -Prince Victor Eddie and the director of Transport by the IG order, under no circumstance should  this illegal body resurrect to disturb the operations of the transporters in Akwa Ibom”, he said. The association expressed disappointment that while they are subjected to huge taxes and intimidation in neighbouring states, the Akwa Ibom State board of Internal Revenue could succumb to a mere NGO whose fraudulent goals were earlier thwarted in 2005 by President Olusegun Obasanjo. “The huge revenue we generate to other states through their agents including those of the illegal National Committee against Touting would have been of immense benefit to Akwa Ibom State should you use your good offices in effecting the lifting of the purported ban in the state. We are indeed saddened that our members have been subjected to various forms of assult, beating and breaking of windscreens, while putting resistances in the face of forceful extortions of these levies by agents of other states and National Committee Against Touting. “It is worthy of note that this ban is not in force in the South Eastern part of the country where the promoters of this scheme are from and that this so called national body is fake, unknown to the constitution and had since been branded as fraudulent by their former south south zonal coordinator – Elder Udoekop Udousoro”, it added. The  body therefore called on the state government, through the state Ministry of Finance to wade into the matter and stop the illegal body from gaining from the toils of the association.