Okowa, ALGON on war path over passengers’ welfare scheme

The Association of Local Governments of Nigeria, Delta State chapter, on Tuesday accused Governor Ifeanyi Okowa-led administration of hijacking local government constitutional role with the Passengers’ Welfare Scheme.

The Chairman of ALGON and Chairman of the Ika North-East Local Government Area, Mr Victor Eboka, also faulted the scheme, claiming that there had been resistance by passengers to the scheme and protests by drivers in some of the local government areas.

He said that council chairmen were not satisfied with the running of the scheme and had directed its stoppage.

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He said, “Passengers’ Welfare Scheme is a threat to local government administration; therefore, some chairmen have ordered motor park operators to stop the scheme.

“In Ughelli North in particular, the council chairman, Chief Godwin Adode, ordered all motor parks in the area to jettison the scheme over non-involvement of the council in its operation.”

The ALGON chairman argued that the councils were constitutionally empowered to manage motor parks, adding that the councils should be carried along in the Passengers’ Welfare Scheme.

Meanwhile, the Manager of the Sirwalk Transport Company, Mr. Amatu Odoji, said passengers were already used to the scheme, which “is working perfectly well” in the Warri park until the local government area ordered that it should be put on hold.

The state Commissioner for Transport, Mr Basil Ganagana, could not be reached for reaction as calls to his mobile phone rang out.

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