Abia State Government Sets To Introduce CNG Buses

...Shifts Date For Restrictions Of Tricycles Operation Hours

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Abia state government has shifted the planned enforcement on restriction of operations of tricycles and motorcycles in Aba and Umuahia from the 1st day of July to 1st of August 2024.

The Commissioner for Information and Culture, Prince Okey Kanu announced this while briefing the press on the outcome of this week’s executive council chaired by Governor Alex Otti.

According to the Commissioner, the state government decided to extend the enforcement date based on the yearnings of Abians.

“As a listening government and in response to the pleas and yearnings of Abians which we got through various feedback channels , the state government decided to extend the enforcement of that policy by one month to enable all stakeholders to get more prepared for the effective implementation and enforcement of the policy.

He however said that other arrangements including the enumeration and registration of all commercial vehicles, tricycles and motorcycles commenced today (1st July, 2024), stressing that it is part of the preparatory steps to the full take off of the policy.

Prince Okey Kanu announced the plans of the state government to introduce CNG -powered buses in the state.

“To sustain the gains made by government with regards to extending business hours in the state particularly in Aba and Umuahia,the state government will embark on a number of initiatives with a view to filling whatever gaps may be created by the introduction of restrictions.

“As part of the incentives to operators in the transport sector to drive this new policy, the state government plans to introduce CNG – powered buses to complement whatever gaps that would be created by the full implementation of restriction policy.

“The arrangement will be such that keke and Okada operators will form cooperatives or clusters to access these buses and the bottom line is to ensure that commuters still move around especially during this period of restriction” Prince Kanu stated.

The Commissioner disclosed that a
total of 36,875 academic certificates have been uploaded in the ongoing certificate upload exercise among the public and civil servants in the state as directed by government.

He added that total academic certificates Uploaded: 36,875
Total Career Documents Uploaded: 25,458
Total moved to various institutions for verification:7,582

He said that a good number of workers have uploaded their credentials and encouraged those yet to comply to do so in their own interest.

The Information boss noted that despite the rains , the various road projects of the state government have been going on unabated, adding that the designs for the expansion of Abia Tower to Onuimo road is in progress just as other road rehabilitation and reconstruction works are going on.

Responding to questions by journalists about the mess noticed around Corperative axis in Umuahia, the Special Adviser to the governor on Media and Publicity, Mr. Ferdernand Ekeoma said that,

“Governrnment is intentional about clearing the mess there as well as relocate the people there and those that are at isigate.

“We are a government of due process. Goverment had concluded plans to relocate all those at Isigate. But if we ask them to leave the place without an alternative, we would have caused a lot of economic challenges for people there.

*A very strategic place has been identified and governrment is about to acquire it. So, it is the same thing that we are going to do in Cooperatives.” Mr. Ekeoma explained.

The Chief Press Secretary to the governor, Mr. Ukoha Njoku Ukoha and the State Director of Information, Mrs. Ugochi Ihediwa were present at the press briefing.