Given traffic jams and other related issues surrounding the free movement of both vehicular and human, Imo State Orientation Agency under the leadership of Dr. Ethelbert Okere has moved to partner with Drivers Association in the State to bring to an end the said hurdles.
The Imo State Orientation Agency (ISOA) is to partner with commercial vehicle drivers in the state with a view to ensuring a more orderly traffic situation especially within the Owerri capital city. At a meeting with heads of different drivers associations over the weekend, the Director-General of the Agency, Dr. Ethelbert Okere, said that the traffic situation in a city is the first indicator of how seriously indigene of the state are taken by outsiders and a major factor put into consideration by potential investors. He urged the union leaders to encourage their members to cooperate with the government in its efforts at restoring orderly traffic in Owerri.
Okere further pointed out that with the phasing out of commercial motorcycles (Inaga) and tricycles (keke) from the state capital, Owerri is expected to be the envy of other states with the cooperation of the mini bus drivers.
He informed them that the parley was to consult with the executives for their inputs into a proposed workshop that will be held in due course in collaboration with other major stakeholders in traffic control and management in the state.
In their different remarks, the union leaders said they were ready to cooperate with the state government towards ensuring a better flow of traffic in Owerri but blamed the latter for the perennial neglect in putting in place structures and facilities that would make their businesses easy. They, however, expressed appreciation to the governor, His Excellency, Senator Hope Uzodimma, for banning task forces on the roads, and streets adding that the gesture will go a long way in making their business easier.
A major highlight of the event was the unveiling of a mobile mini bus advert enjoining motorists to avoid reckless driving. Present at the parley were: Elder Anaelechi Ukanwanne, Chairman, Amalgamated Drivers Association; Comrade Chigozirim Ononiwu, Vice Chairman, Amalgamated Drivers Association; Okoroji Daniel, Secretary, Imo Niger Delta Drivers Association; Lady Onome Nwachukwu, Secretary, Imo Women Drivers Association; Comrade Chidi Iwuoha, Member Drivers Progressive and Social Welfare and Elder Uche Ukanwanne who represented the Self Employed Drivers Association, among others.