The Ebonyi state government has ordered all commercial transporters in Abakaliki to relocate to the city’s permanent motor park before August16.
Mr Onyekachi Nwebonyi, state Commissioner for Capital City Development, made the disclosure in Abakaliki while briefing newsmen on the outcome of ministry’s meeting with representatives of commercial transporters in the town.
Nwebonyi said that the park known as the Abakaliki Central park is situated opposite the Magareth Umahi international market, Abakaliki.
“We are in agreement with the commercial transporters as all motorists are enjoined to strictly heed to this directive.
“We also warn a group of drivers who specialise in sourcing for passengers along streets of Abakaliki to desist or face prosecution.
“The ministry has inaugurated a special court to duly prosecute all offenders.
Mr Eze Nwachukwu, state Commissioner for Market and Parks Development, said during the briefing that movement to the park would be organised.
“The commercial transporters would pay N20,000 to express their interest in owning lands inside the park.
“The transporters will provide their data and indicate the size of land they intend to own after making this payment,” he said.
The commissioner said that the commercial transporters would then register their transport ventures with the government for N50,000.
“They would subsequently pay the acquired land inside the park and issued a Certificate of Occupancy to permanently own such lands.
“A square meter of land costs N10,000 as these payments would make them operate confidently in the state,” he said.
He said that the transport operators had visited the new park and the government would provide necessary facilities needs for smooth operations. Ends