Awka-Anambra State Commissioner for Transport, Mr Christian Madubuko says the state government has not reversed its stand over disbanding Tricycle Owners Association of Nigeria (TOAN) in the state.
“The government recognizes the Commercial Tricycle Owners and Riders Welfare Association (CTORWAAS) as the only body representing commercial tricycle operators,’’ Dr Madubuko said
The commissioner made the clarification while receiving the leadership of CTORWAAS, who paid him a visit in his office at the Jerome Udoji Secretariat Complex, Awka.
He told the delegation that “government has disbanded TOAN’’, cautioning that anybody planning to re-introduce the body in the state was doing so at his own risk.
Mr Madubuko said he was dismayed at the actions of CTORWAAS Chairman, Mr Sylvester Obiora, who resorted to sponsoring malicious publications and petitions against him.
While condemning the actions of the chairman, he emphasized the resolve of his ministry to work harmoniously with the approved body in the task of sanitising the transport sector.
He dismissed allegations of extortion leveled against him by the said chairman over face masks supply to CTORWAAS members at the unit cost of N300 as unfounded.
State Vice-Chairman of CTORWAAS, Mr Tochukwu Anyaoku, on behalf of the association, dissociated itself from the malicious publications and attacks by its chairman against the commissioner.
Secretary of the association, Mr Boniface Okonkwo blamed its chairman for acting without the consent of the body and pleaded with the commissioner on his behalf for leniency.
One of the stakeholders of the association, Mr Charles Okongwu, while absolving the commissioner from all the allegations leveled against him, said the essence of the visit was to tender apologies and re-strategise on way forward.
Source: Anambra State Government