To stop the escalating insecurity in Anambra, the administration of Governor Charles Soludo has announced the suspension of the tricycle and shuttle bus unions.
Paul Nwosu, the information commissioner, announced the ban in a statement on Thursday.
The government’s decision, according to the press release, was in response to security reports that accused the unions of being responsible for the state’s breakdown of law and order.
It was discovered that disputes over leadership within the unions, which resulted from various people and organizations claiming to have the right to unionize tricycle and shuttle bus operators or their owners, also led to disputes and hampered the smooth mobility of inhabitants.
The government further stated that tricycle owners outright disagreed with the assertions made by the alleged union leaders, claiming that the unions did not represent their interests.
“In the light of the above, and in order to forestall a total breakdown of law and order, the state government hereby suspends all tricycle and shuttle bus unions with immediate effect for six months,” the Soludo administration announced.
The Anambra administration stressed that the union leaders “must be known and recognized” by the state government and that the suspension would last until further inquiries and a harmonisation of the unions were completed.
In a related move, the government declared that touts (agberos) and cult organizations that enforced illegitimate toll and tax collection were still prohibited.
It also stated that payments could be made directly through banks and the State Inland Revenue Service, and it advised touts and cult members to register their identities and contact information with their local government area councils. Only authorized agents had the authority to collect tolls, it noted.
“Government will train them on life-supporting skills or find them other means of livelihood that would enable them to live a decent life,” said the statement.