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Govt reads riot act to service lane occupants

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ANAMBRA State Government has ordered owners of illegal structures on service lanes stretching from Boromeo Hospital Roundabout to MCC axis of Enugu-Onitsha Expressway to vacate with immediate effect.

  Government has also ordered commencement of full scale enforcement of approved colours for intra state commercial vehicles in the state.

  Briefing newsmen in Onitsha during an unscheduled working visit, Commissioner for Transport, Christian Madubuko said government would no longer allow people to convert the service lanes into business premises.

  He added that owners of existing structures on the road had been directed to remove them, saying that they had five days of grace to comply or face the wrath of the law.

  While condemning the act of running businesses on roads, he said pending government approval, more parks would be developed on service lanes to decongest Upper Iweka axis.

  “Those people are violating the right of way and service lanes. They just occupied it, turned it into their private business premises. So, we want to eject them from there and turn the place to proper use.

  One of the illegal occupants, Mr Emma Ude, a welder, pleaded for more time to enable him comply as he had already paid some amount of money to an individual believed to be his landlord.

  Commenting on government’s plans for Ugwu Nwasike Roundabout, Ogidi, the commissioner said approval had been given to a private developer for construction of a modern park within the area to solve challenges of traffic gridlock.

  The park developer, Mr Obi Udekwe, told newsmen that the park would be ready in record period with necessary facilities such as water supply, restaurants and public conveniences.

  The commissioner, who took time to monitor compliance to approved colour blend for commercial vehicles plying intra state routes, directed ATMA Officers to impound defaulting vehicles.

  He said government had given commercial vehicle drivers three months to repaint their vehicles, saying that any vehicle not in approved colours must be impounded and penalties paid.

  No fewer than 10 drivers whose vehicles were impounded on the spot pleaded for leniency and more time; but their pleas were  dismissed as ATMA Officers insisted that the law must be applied.

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