Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Anambra State Govt Sets Up Committee For State Transport Sector Master Plan

WRITTEN BY KENECHUKWU OFOMAH



The State Government has set up a committee to develop a comprehensive master plan for the State transportation sector.

The Committee was set up during yesterday's meeting of the State Executive Council held at the Government House, Awka.

The Committee which is to be headed by the Commissioner for Road, Rail and Water Transportation, Mr. Uchenna Okafor, has at least six weeks to develop the master plan.

Briefing newsmen after the Exco meeting, the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Chief James Eze revealed that the committee has among its terms of reference, to develop a plan for construction of modern bus terminals and Bus stops in Awka, Onitsha and Nnewi as well as initiating a blueprint for the construction of a light rail track across the state.

The master plan also entails the revamping of the State Mass transit buses known as Willie is working buses and the provision of jetties in riverine areas to improve water transportation in the State.

Other responsibilities of the committee include working out modalities for installation of security cameras to track traffic offenders and for security, marking of roads, and to advise government on how best to introduce an indigenous transport system close to Uber services.

The Chief Press Secretary who noted that Anambra as a gateway to the south east, is a centre of commerce and logistics, emphasized that it is expected of any proactive government to look beyond its present gains and challenges and chart a more progressive and sustainable transportation system for it.

According to him, this is why the present administration is taking some measures to overhaul the subsisting transportation system in the State to make it more effective and responsive.

He reechoed the position of the State Government on the proposed ban on Okada in Onitsha and Awka by the 1st of next month, urging all involved to start taking steps to ensure compliance with the directive.
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