In a release signed by the organization’ Dr. Ethelbert Okere, the DG and made available to Lead, the duo have seen the importance of partnership, particularly as we enter ember months agreed to fashion out modalities that would guarantee the safety of Imo people.
The Imo State Orientation Agency has expressed its readiness to partner with the executives and members of the Amalgamated Drivers Association in the state to ensure sanity on our roads.
The Director-General of the Agency, Dr. Ethelbert Okere, stated this during an interactive forum with the executives of the association at the Agency’s corporate headquarters in Owerri.
Dr. Okere told the executives that the Agency and the government placed a very high premium on their industry, adding that the nature of traffic in a state serves as the first index to visitors coming into it for business, pointing out further that the traffic situation in any city goes a long way in determining the tempo of business activities in it.
According to him, a coatic traffic situation would inevitably lead to loss of several men-hours, a situation, he noted, that would be directly inimical to the Shared Prosperity philosophy of Governor Uzodinma’s administration. He, therefore, called on them to ensure that their members observe traffic rules and regulations whenever they are on wheels.
At the meeting, the Orientation boss disclosed that plans are underway by the Agency and other stakeholders in the transport sector to organize a workshop for members of the association as a measure towards checkmating traffic gridlocks, road mishaps and congestion, especially during this time of the year that is generally referred to as “Ember months.” He stated that the workshop will provide the government with an opportunity to know the problems of the operatives in that sector and ways of finding a solution.
In their separate reactions, some executives who spoke at the occasion requested the creation of bus stops and parking bays to reduce congestion. They also appealed to the government to expedite action in bringing the various unions under one umbrella and also called for the establishment of more motor parks to checkmate the excesses of illegal park operators.
Present at the meeting were executives of the Self Employed Drivers Association, National Association of Road Transport Owners (NARTO), All Students Franchise Drivers Association, Drivers Progressive Association, The All Students Drivers Association, among others.