The Governor of Anambra State, Charles Soludo, has sacked tricycle and shuttle bus unions from motor parks in the state.
The state Commissioner for Information, Paul Nwosu, who announced this in a statement on Thursday in Awka, the state capital, noted that only government-accredited agents are now entitled to collect tolls at the parks.
The ban is coming following the disagreement between the state government and transportation unions over the revenue collection system.
The disagreement resulted in transport operators embarking on strike last week.
The statement read in part, “In the light of the above and in order to forestall breakdown of law and order, the state government hereby suspends all tricycle and shuttle bus unions in the state with immediate effect for six months, pending further investigations and possible harmonisation of the unions which shall have a leadership known to, and recognised by, the state government.
“Government also wishes to reiterate its ban on touts (agboro) and cult groups that are used to enforce illegal collection of tolls and taxes. Only government-accredited agents are entitled to collect tolls. Alternatively, the commercial vehicle operator could go and pay at any of the banks or any Anambra State Internal Revenue Service pay-point nearest to him.”