Okada ban: Don’t extort innocent residents – Abia Govt warns security agencies

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By Daniel Chibuike

Abia State government has cautioned security agencies in the State against extorting innocent citizens and other residents while enforcing the ban on commercial motorcycle operations in Umuahia and Aba metropolis.

It clarified that it only re-enforced the ban on Okada movements in the Umuahia and Aba metropolis as earlier announced by the previous administration in the State.

These were made known by the Commissioner for information and culture, Okey Kanu while briefing journalists on the outcome of the State Executive Council meeting.

Kanu advised security agencies to apply professionalism in carrying out the enforcement.

He noted that the move was aimed at safeguarding the lives of the people.

He further announced that the Single Treasure Account, TSA, launched by Governor Alex Otti would kick off on September 1, 2023.

Kanu, who said there was no going back on the TSA policy, said its commencement would breeze-in transparency and due process.

“It is one of the cardinal aspects of this administration in terms of due process and transparency. So come September 1st, the Single Treasury Account will commence and all government payments would be made to pass the single platform,” he said.

A government source told DAILY POST that some revenue generating organizations, including transport unions allegedly lobbied the State government to modify the TSA system to create ‘reasonable commission’.

But our correspondent could not confirm if the request was eventually granted by the State government.

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