INSECURITY: KOGI REGISTERS COMMERCIAL TRANSPORT VEHICLES TO CHECKMATE CRIMINALS.
Alanza Giwa, Abuja
As part of measures aimed at tackling insecurity, Kogi state government has commenced registration of all commercial transport vehicles including motorcycles and tricycles operating in the state. The State Security Adviser, Commander Jerry Omodara (Rtd), disclosed this on Monday in Lokoja at the commencement of the registration exercise holding at the Lokoja Township Stadium.
Commander Omodara stated that the registration exercise became imperative to have a data base for all commercial transport operators in order to checkmate crimes and criminalities among the populace as part of the policy formulation of the state.
The reporter, Global times Nigeria, Idris Ahmed, Lokoja said that the Special Adviser pointed out that Kogi state government is ever ready to prevent influx of bad elements using means of transportation to wreck havoc on the innocent citizens.
While the exercise is intended to improve on security of the state, it will equally boost the revenue drive of the government and also serve as security to the operators and their vehicles to curb theft and other criminal activities
On Social intervention programmes, the Security Adviser noted that the data base may be used for State Health Insurance Scheme to help the operators, stressing that the exercise would also help in the internally generated revenue.
Also Speaking the Chairman of Kogi State Internal Revenue Service KGIRS Yusuf Abubarkar corroborated the Special Adviser on Security, stressing the necessity of having the data base of the transporters operating within the confine of Kogi state for security purpose.
He added that the exercise will be spread across the 21 local government areas of the state, stressing that every operator within Kogi State must be registered. The revenue board Chairman explained that though the exercise is free for all for the next two weeks, late registration will attract some levies.
According to the officials, over 5,000 motorcycles in Lokoja , the state capital, are expected to register, adding that those who failed to comply will be made to face stringent sanctions.