Chux Muokwe, Umuahia
Abia state government, through its Traffic and Indiscipline Management Agency (TIMAAS), Tuesday, began enforcement of its regulation to restore discipline in road usage with its “Operation Rekindle Discipline”.
The effort is aimed at bringing an end to indiscriminate parking of cars and dumping of refuse in the state.
It is also geared towards sanitizing and sensitizing the people of the state on the need to live and trade in a friendly and aesthetic environment.
Speaking to newsmen after the operation in some locations at Aba, the commercial nerve centre of the state, where some vehicles indiscriminately parked along major roads were towed away, Deputy General Manager of TIMAAS, Bright Ikeokwu, said the state government had at different fora warned those who have converted the roads to car parks, and car wash, remove them.
He said all previous warning had fallen on deaf ear.
According to Ikeokwu, those found culpable would be made to undergo psychiatric test, after which they will pay a fine for parking their vehicles at the wrong places and also for the towing.
He stressed that the exercise is not just aimed at decongesting the roads but to also inculcate in the people of the state the need to live in a clean and healthy environment.
The TIMAAS DGM emphasized that the exercise which is continuous will be extended to other parts of the state to ensure sanity.
Chairman of Clifford and School Road Spare parts Dealers, Bright Nwosu, and other dealers at the market, commended the state government for the action and described it as a step in the right direction.