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COVID-19 : Transport Committee Insists On Social Distancing Amongst Commuters In Anambra

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Patrick Obalum Udeoba, the Chairman House of Assembly Committee on Transport and lawmaker representing Anambra-West state constituency has stressed the need for transporters to ensure social distancing amongst passengers as well as ensure that all other COVID-19 protocols are observed to curb the spread of the infection.

Udeoba who stated this during an interview with our correspondent in Awka, explained that there was need for transporters operating in the state to comply with governnent directives on containment and prevention of coronavirus infections.

He said the federal government has stipulated the number of passengers inter and intra-state commercial buses should accommodate inorder to ensure compliance with the social distancing protocol.

According to him , ” they are complaining that they have to carry more than what governnent directed them to carry based on the tariff of their tax paying in terms of people collecting the revenue. So we are trying to let them know that social distancing is something that can help them to stay safe.”

Udeoba said, ” when you acquire alot of money on daily basis and you end up in the hospital; it is not good. They are doing some demonstration and we are telling them to hold on to what the governnent says in terms of social distancing.”

The Anambra-West assembly representative also disclosed that the committee has a good working relationship with the state ministry of transport, adding that the new transport commissioner was always in the field ensuring sanity in the transport sector.

He said, ” when those people raised the alarm of their passengers, the commissioner went into the field and directed them on what to do and they obeyed.”

The House of Assembly Committee Chairman on Transport also said that he has a motion on potholes because the motion according to him would help transporters alot even as he pointed out that the Anambra State Road Maintenance Agency was not doing well because roads in the state were bedeviled with potholes.

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