Governor Nyesom Wike warns the Police against harassment and extortion of road users.
Tony Ita Etim, Port Harcourt
Governor Nyesom Wike, has warned the Police against harassment of motorists and extortion from road users. Wike gave the warning in Port Harcourt, Rivers State when he flagged off ‘Operation keep Moving” and inaugurated the Traffic Decongestion Committee (TDC), at the headquarters of the Rivers State Police Command.
The Governor appealed to the Commissioner to prevent his men from unduly harassing and extorting of money from the people of the state, and disclosed that these were the reasons for the disbanding of the Rivers State Road Traffic Management Authority- TIMARIV.
Wike charged Ezike to remove all abandoned vehicles from the roads and charge the owners a towing fee for abandoning their vehicles on the street of Port Harcourt. According to the governor, “No government can succeed well, when it cannot solve the problems of traffic congestion’.
Governance is not about building roads and storey buildings it is about making life meaningful for the people, and providing the comfort of moving around, that is the essence of governance”.
The Governor thanked the state Commissioner of Police, Mr. Chris Ezike for his zeal to enable the Police Boss carry out his duty effectively in the state, and promised to provide all necessary logistic support,; and said he will give a number of vehicles to Rivers State Police Command to show his seriousness.
Wike announced that the performance review period should be monthly, not every three months, as proposed by the Commissioner of Police, and pointed out this will provide effective feedback from the people. In his address Ezike, thanked the governor for his assured support, and promise to deliver on the task him.
Ezike on assumption of office as Commissioner of Police, Rivers State, conceived the ‘Operation Keep Moving ‘initiative and formed the Traffic Decongestion Committee to decongest roads and ease traffic flow in all parts of Rivers State. He heads a 15,540 work force of the Rivers State Police Command.
It would be recalled that Ezike in his inaugural address in Rivers State earlier in the month said alluded to the plans by Wike to holistically address the perennial traffic congestion within Port Harcourt Metropolis and announced the command will key in to this plan, and would ensure its comprehensive implementation with all relevant stakeholders.
Ezike said the Command is worried about the use of tinted/ screened glasses without permit or authorization as applicable despite several directives by my predecessors.
According to Ezike, criminals and persons of questionable disposition have been observed to indulge in this unwholesome practice to commit all manner of atrocities and declared that with effect from 10th July, 2015 all vehicles which flout this directive will be impounded and the owners arrested and prosecuted.