Akwa Ibom suspends levies paid by transporters, seeks peaceful polls
Akwa Ibom State Government has announced suspension of all levies paid by tricycles and minibus drivers in Uyo metropolis. In a statement issued by the state Commissioner for Transport, Uno Etim Uno, in Uyo, yesterday, the state said the suspension is government’s consideration for transporters, who have been struggling with cash crunch and other challenges emanating from the new cash policy.
He said: “The suspension takes immediate effect from today, Monday, March 13 till Friday, March 17, 2023.
“This development will help the operators heave a sigh of relief as they struggle to earn a living amidst these biting hard times.”
The statement notified all operators of tricycles and minibuses and monitoring units of the state government of the development and compliance.
It added: “The general public, particularly operators of commercial tricycles and minibuses and the Compliance and Monitoring team, are hereby notified of this development.”
The commissioner urged the benefitting transporters to use the five days tax holiday to take active part in the governorship and state Assembly poll reschedule for March 18, 2023, in the state.
“In continued support for the state government, transporters are urged to use the five days of grace to prepare to take active part in the governorship and state Assembly elections slated for Saturday, March 18, 2023.
“It is hoped that in response to the kind gesture of the state government, transporters will remain law-abiding and shun all forms of violence throughout the period of the elections,” he said.