Posted by Pamela Eboh, Awka | 30 July 2015 | 3,095 times
Tipper drivers in Anambra State for the second time took the roads of Awka yesterday, thereby causing a gridlock in the Anambra State capital as they protested the exorbitant levies demanded from them by officials of the State Government.
In a peaceful protest at the gate of the Government House, the drivers said they can no longer cope with the exorbitant levies collected from them on a daily basis. They called on Governor Willie Obiano to urgently look into the matter.
Some of the placards they displayed read: “We can no longer cope with the payment of the levies”, “Obiano please call revenue people to order”, “Tipper drivers should not be made to suffer because of IGR”, etc.
Addressing reporters, their chairman, Mr. Boniface Ezekwesili, said they decided to embark on the peaceful protest because they have been dying in silence. He made it clear that the frequent increase in the leviy per trip of sand collected by his members is having a negative impact on their business.
Ezekwesili lamented that the tipper drivers were paying N100 per trip of sand, which was later increased to N200, only for government to increase it to N800 and now N1,000. He said that they had earlier kicked against the increase at Onitsha but nothing changed.
“We have families to take care of and we have to maintain our vehicles and with this increase, we are finding it difficult to take care of our families. We are pleading with His Excellency to direct the revenue officials to reduce it in order not to make our families suffer,” Ezekwesili, said.
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