The Imo State Commissioner for Transport, Barr. Rex Anunobi (Sokom) has presented Chief Ifeanyi Okafor as the officially appointed Park Manager for all motor parks in the state to stakeholders in the transport sector.
The Commissioner who read the appointment letter to Chief Okafor and his company, Lasberggers Nig Ltd by the Government of Imo State through the Ministry of Transport during a stakeholders meeting held on Thursday at the ministry’s conference hall, said the appointment of a park manager is part of the measures to reform and sanitize the transport sector in the state.
“Gentlemen, I wish to use this opportunity to inform you that Park Management has changed hands in Imo State. The government who indeed owns all the parks in the state has appointed a manager to manage all her parks towards repositioning and reforming the transport sector for an improved service delivery.
Before all of us is the new manager for all Imo Parks, Chief Ifeanyi Okafor, Chairman/CEO Lasvegas Nig Ltd. He is incharge of all motor parks including the illegal parks pending when the exit/terminal and Owerri Modern Central parks will be completed to pave way for closure of the illegal parks in Owerri capital city”, Barr. Anunobi said.
While Barr. Anunobi implored all the stakeholders especially members of the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) to pledge loyalty to the newly appointed Park Manager and cooperate with to enable him do the job government has assigned him with. The Commissioner also enjoined the new park manager to carry members of NURTW and other stakeholders along in the course of doing his job.
“I solicit and appeal to you all to show total support to Chief Okafor in the job government has given him to manage all motor parks in the state. On the other hand, the new Park Manager should also accommodate all and sundry in doing his job. The Shared Prosperity Government of Senator Hope Uzodinma will not tolerate further resistance and skirmishes as a result of this appointment”, the Commissioner said.
The Chairman of Taxi/Bus Imo Association, Kingsley Nwachukwu, and Almagamated Drivers Association, Anaelechi Likanwune (Obowo) commended the Commissioner for his timely intervention and pledged to cooperate with the newly appointed park manager in the state.
Also speaking, the Chairman of NURTW in the state, Comrade Okebaram Izuchukwu who also pledged to work with the new park manager, however, appealed against displacing members of the union from the motor parks.
Among the stakeholders who attended the meeting are the leadership of National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW), Taxi/Bus Imo Transport Association and Almagamated Drivers Association of Imo State. Also present from the Ministry of Transport are the Permanent Secretary, Mrs Ngozi Izunobi, Directors and Head of Departments (HODs) in the ministry, Nze Franklin Iwunze(Ogbuagu Nkwerre), SA Monitoring, Implementation and Enforcement, Hon. Steve Agbarakwe, SA Technical and Ebere Uzoukwa, SA Media/Special to the Honourable Commissioner for Transport.