Imo ITC: Anunobi reassures franchise owners of protection, returns on investment

Rex Anunobi

Imo State Commissioner for Transport, Barr. Rex C. Anunobi, has reassured franchise owners of adequate protection and returns to their investment as government moves to reposition Imo Transport Company (ITC).
The Commissioner who stated this on Tuesday when he alongside the Special Adviser to the Governor on Transport, Chief Kenneth Okafor, received in his office the Acting General Manager of ITC, Chief Ifeanyi Cletus Ibeh and his management team, ITC Franchise Owners Association Ltd and Drivers Welfare Association, explained that the recent appointment of Chief Ifeanyi Okafor of Lasvegas as Government Revenue Collector for ITC does neither infringe, sack Chief Ibe-led management; nor alter the administrative and operational framework of the company.
He rather described Chief Okafor’s appointment as a revolutionary step taken in good faith to ensure that all revenues accruable to the Government are supervised and duly collected after recurrent and overhead cost by the management.
Anunobi, who commended ITC Franchise Owners Association Ltd for investing in the state through the government owned transport company, restated the vision of the Shared Prosperity Government of Senator Hope Uzodimma to reposition ITC for optimum productivity as well as sanitizing the entire transportation sector for effective service delivery.
While admonishing the franchise owners to show total cooperation to the Acting General Manager, Chief Ibeh and his management team, Barr. Anunobi also enjoined them to extend same gesture to Chief Okafor of Lasbergers to ensure sustainability of peace and industrial harmony in Imo Transport Company.
In his brief contribution, the Acting GM, ITC, Chief Ibe, commended the Commissioner for Transport for deploying wisdom and experience in handling sensitive issues which he said has entrenched greater stability in ITC and the entire transport sector.
While expressing fulfilment on the explanations offered by the Commissioner whose Ministry supervises ITC as a parastatal, Chief Ibeh described the Franchise Owners as major stakeholders whose interest must be protected to ensure returns to their Investment.
Chief Ibe, however, promised to work harmoniously with the newly appointed Revenue Collector to ensure that revenues acruable to the government from ITC after overhead and other routine administrative costs are transparently remitted to government coffers in accordance with the newly stipulated arrangement.
Also contributing, the Chairman of ITC Franchise Owners Association Ltd, Chief B. C Igwe, pledged to cooperate with the management of ITC to ensure compliance to the government new arrangement regarding revenue collection in the Company.
He commended the Commissioner for convening the meeting which he said has retored investors’ confidence in ITC as against corrupt practices that enveloped the company during the past administrations.
The visibly elated Igwe, however, promised to procure additional 20 buses to shore up his fleets in demonstration of his immense support to the Commissioner for Transport and the Shared Prosperity Government of Senator Hope Uzodinma for restoring normalcy and transparency in the affairs of ITC.

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