Commercial transport operators withdraw services from Ebonyi

Commercial transpoters across Nigeria have resolved to withdraw their services from all parts of Ebonyi State, from Thursday, October 07, 2021.

National chairman of the Association of Mass Transit Operators (AMTO) Chief Gregory Inyaba who made the declaration in Enugu today, (Wednesday) said the blacklisting of Ebonyi State followed unprovoked attacks since Tuesday on staff and facilities, particularly vehicles of members by cultists and thugs working for the Ebonyi State Government.

Several staff of transport companies in the state capital have been decapitated and numerous vehicles damaged, some beyond repair, since the Commissioner for transport began the onslaught against transporters on Tuesday.

The AMTO national President, Chief Inyaba, said the attacks were unprovoked, unwarranted and amounted to open hostility to business and investment, hence the boycott.

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He said members of Public Transport Owner Association of Nigeria, were also part of the boycott decision.

He spoke at the end of an emergency meeting of the AMTO executive at the national headquarters of the organisation in Enugu State Capital, on Wednesday.

“From tomorrow, Thursday, October 7, 2021, no commercial vehicle, shall go to Ebonyi or leave the state”, he declared.“

The government of Ebonyi State has asked us to leave the state and we have no choice but leave the state for them henceforth” he said.Vehicles belonging to members, with passengers, from other states were similarly attacked on Wednesday, a development Chief Inyaba said made the state a dangerous, a hostile ground to commercial vehicles and operators.

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“How can you attack vehicles coming into Ebonyi with passengers from other states?” he queried.

“It means we can’t bring in people in safety and comfort, and that is declaration of hostility”. He added.The AMTO President directed members of all transport unions in other states of the country to note the directive to boycott Ebonyi State from Thursday, and comply accordingly.

“Do not load passengers from anywhere to Ebonyi State, and members who are inside Ebonyi State must not load passengers out of the state, no matter the circumstances,” he restated.

The union condemned the attempt by the Ebonyi State Commissioner for Transport to force their members to abandon their well developed premises/depots within the state capital and move to a virgin farmland in the outskirts, without first developing the premises.

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Attacks on commercial buses in Abakaliki, the Ebonyi state capital allegedly intensified Wednesday as armed thugs working for the state government smashed up additional vehicles in apparent determination to force operators out of the capital territory vicinity.

Mass transit owners and businesses in the state capital have been under seize since Tuesday when Commissioner for transportation Onyebuchi Nwebonyi led thugs round the Abakaliki township, smashing up vehicles, and forcefully sealing up private car parks, in a move that caught operators off grand. The week earlier, he had ordered owners of transport business to move to the undeveloped premises on Ikom Road, very far from Aba

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