COMTUA president, Adeyinka Aroyewun.
Story by Dili Utomi.
The various revelations about the scope and weight of acts of impunity within and around officials of the various levels of government in the country seem not near abating as more revelations are coming to light on daily basis.
The local government administration in Nigeria is seen mainly as the grassroot level of government that should feel the heartbeat of the generality of the people and thereby should be in the best possible position to relate and act in the very best of interests of the masses of the local government area, but like so many entities which have been subjected to abuse, the local government system seem to be the most abused of almost all the systems within the country.
This view seem to have motivated the Council of Maritime Transport Unions and Associations (COMTUA) to challenge the impunity with which some local government officials along the Lagos Ports corridors like those from the Oriade and Apapa local government areas, but most especially the Amuwo Odofin local government area are collecting ‘revenues’ from the trucks that come out of the Ports on their way to deliver loaded containers to their owners.
Colin Ekene Dike, NOS COMTUA.
A leaked letter from the chambers of Komolafe Temilorun and addressed to the chairman of the Amuwo Odofin local government area on behalf of the COMTUA was received by our correspondent. The letter detailed the grievances of the truckers as the legal representative wrote ” I write this petition against the illegal activities of the officials from your office”.
The prayers of the association include the discontinuation of the imposition of charges on the trucks of the members of the association, that the constant extortion along the port access roads which number up to five points be stopped and that the non-discontinuation of these illegal acts which cause members financial discomfort and losses if not stopped within the next seven days will leave the Association with no choice but to seek redress in a court of competent jurisdiction.
A call was put through to the Council Manager of the Amuwo Odofin local government area for the Lg’s side of the story, but no one was picking the phone on the other side.
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