Abia to begin biometric registration of commercial drivers, vehicle owners

Sunday, June 26, 2022

The Abia government said on Sunday in Aba that it would soon commence biometric registration of commercial drivers and vehicle owners in the state.

Godswill Nwanorue, the Commissioner for Transport, told correspondents that the move would ensure easy identification and control of their activities.

“This government is aware of the issues of transporters and their behaviour, and we are about to begin the biometric capture of all commercial vehicle operators and owners in Abia state,” he said.

Mr Nwanorue said the registration was part of a new transportation policy by Governor Okezie Ikpeazu-led’s administration to stimulate the state’s economic growth.

“We are giving all of them 30 days to be captured because we now want to have the data of all transport operators here to enable us to identify each of them in person and by their addresses.

“We need to capture them and issue them, especially the tricycle operators, with ‘Riders Permit’ that would make it legal for them to operate in Abia. This will help us checkmate cases of underage riders.

“You must be 18 years to get our permit to ride in Abia, and we will use the international passport, National Identification Number, voter card and birth certificate to issue the permits”, he said.

The commissioner also said the government had restored sanity in the state by installing traffic lights at essential intersections in major cities in the state.

He also said that the government was re-designating all bus stops to ensure sanity on roads in the state.

“We are getting one trailer park at Ihie town along the Aba-Port Harcourt Expressway, we are getting another one at Osisioma Ngwa.

“One will be on Aba -Ikot Ekpene Road, Ukpakiri in Ogbor-Hill, Aba, and one will be at Ubakala, near Umuahia. This will decongest the commercial city of Aba and Umuahia, the state capital,” he said.

The commissioner further said that his ministry would soon commence an awareness campaign for the transport operators, especially commercial transporters, to educate and help them with new trends in the state’s transport sector.


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