The Abia State Governor, Alex Otti has ordered the suspension of all transportation levies in the state.
The transportation levy suspension was contained in a statement released by Ferdinand Ekeoma, Special Adviser (Media and Publicity) to the governor.
The statement described the current method of levy collection as archaic.
The statement read in part “In line with the campaign promise of the Abia state governor, Dr. Alex Otti, OFR to sanitize methods of revenue collection in the state and stop all kinds of extortion, intimidation and harassement of motorists, the governor has directed the immediate suspension of all kinds of Transport Levies payable to Abia state government and imposed on Tricycles (Keke), Buses, Taxis and other commercial vehicles plying Abia roads.
“This suspension takes immediate effect, and will remain until government reviews these levies and makes public its arrangements for the smooth, organized and transparent collection of such Transport Levies in a manner it would not lead to extortion, intimidation and violation of rights and privileges of Abia residents.
“The government believes that the present method is archaic and very harmful to the lives of the people and the economic well-being of the state, and thus should not be allowed to continue.
“In the light of the above decision, the governor has asked all those involved, directly and indirectly to please discontinue forthwith, or face the wrath of the law, as security agents have been briefed and directed to apprehend and bring to justice anyone found violating this directive”.