Akwa Ibom to re-open Oron jetty to link Tinapa

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By; Patrick Titus, Uyo.

Akwa Ibom State Government said it has completed plans for the re-certification of Oron Jetty in the state to enhance the use of mechanically propelled vessels from Oron to Tinapa in Cross River State and to Cameroun, promising that the operation would commence by end of this year.

The operation when commenced, would give investors and tourists the comfort of lodging in Ibom Le-meridien Hotels in Akwa Ibom and go to transact businesses at Tinapa.

Commissioner for Transport, Prince Godwin Ntukude who made this known also disclosed the plans by the ministry to reposition the state’s transport sector to guarantee comfort, safety and security of users as well as generate more revenue to the state.

Ntukude who was fielding in questions from newsmen in Uyo, explained that under the development, the ministry would soon embark on biometric data capturing exercise of all commercial vehicle owners operating in the state in the ministry data-base.
The idea is to enable the ministry to address all crimes associated in the sector including stealing of passengers’ luggage by any criminal minded commercial vehicle operator as such operator would be tracked down by the ministry with the use of internal portal already established for the exercise.

In the same direction, Prince Ntukde said the vehicles inspectorate office (VIO) of the ministry would be resurrected to ensure that anybody who drives vehicles do not only acquired driver’s license to drive but earned it since he or she must pass through the VIO test before being issued with a license.

The VIO will also contravene any vehicle with wrong exhaust pipe and noise pollution in order to reduce environmental harzard.

On other excesses on the road, the commissioner disclosed that the ministry has recruited and trained people as Special Marshalls who would be corruption free to complement the work of both traffic wardens and road safety officers.

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