Guber poll: A’ Ibom govt grants transporters 5-day ticket holiday

By Isaac Job, Uyo

Few days before the Governorship and state Houses of Assembly elections across the nation, the Akwa Ibom state government has suspended all levies and daily tickets to tricycles and minibus drivers in Uyo metropolis.

In a statement issued by the state Commissioner for Transport Hon Uno Etim Uno and made available to newsmen in Uyo on Monday, the state said the gesture is government consideration to transporters who have been struggling with cash crunch and other challenges emanating from the new cash policy.

“Due to the harsh realities occasioned by the cash crunch in the country, the Akwa Ibom State government hereby graciously announces A 5-DAY SUSPENSION OF DAILY TICKETING FOR OPERATORS OF COMMERCIAL TRICYCLES AND MINIBUSES.

“The suspension takes immediate effect from today, Monday, March 13th till Friday, March 17th, 2023.

This development will help the operators breathe 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 as well monitoring unit of the state government of the development and possible compliance.

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“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 5 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

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