The Anambra State Road and Traffic Maintenance Agency, ARTMA, has visited the Onitsha-Owerri road by Upper Iweka to install road signs with the inscription, ‘NO LOADING, USE THE PARKS’.
This was contained in an official release tagged, ARTMA REPORT.
The Agency through the report lamented the continuous turning of the sides of the roads into parks while there were designated points created by the State for the purpose.
It states, “For a very long time, bus drivers have turned the stretch of the road into motor parks while assigned parks are left empty. This trend has to stop as the Agency is working round the clock to align with Mr. Governor’s dream for a livable, smart, and prosperous homeland.
“We took time to clearly inspect and properly mark the parks of transport companies that load in the axis”.
The report further stated that the team also thoroughly cleared the Eze-Iweka junction that leads into Awada Obosi where commercial tricycle operators, fondly called, ‘Keke’ riders often block the road even for pedestrians.
“All the keke riders are to henceforth load and offload in the park provided, away from the junction.
“Finally, we impounded the Agbor and Asaba buses that load by the Bridgehead after several warnings and numerous road signs.
According to the Managing Director of the Agency, Engr Emeka Okonkwo, “it is very important to note that after proper enlightenment, the agency would impound defaulters without an option of fine. Vehicles would be impounded for 7 days for first offenders and 14 days subsequently.”
Street traders were also warned “to immediately quit such activities on the road”.
Credit: Chris Chikelue