ATMA to confiscate vehicles parked on unapproved areas
By Sunny A. David, Onitsha
The Anambra State Traffic Management Agency, (ATMA) says it will henceforth confiscate any vehicle parked along major roads in the state.
This measure it said was to drive home the need to free roadsides and motorways in the state of traffic congestion, as envisioned by Governor Willie Obiano.
The Chief Executive Officer of ATMA, Mr. Chris Uzoechina, stated this during an inspection visit along Onitsha – Enugu highways to check traffic situation within the area.
During the exercise, road side traders who blocked roads as well as drivers loading passengers along the roadside, were directed to evacuate immediately.
Mr Uzoechina advised drivers to always obey traffic law to avoid causing gridlock especially in busy areas of the state
The CEO said that offenders who do not abide by the traffic rules will have to pay government through a designated bank account a certain amount of money commensurate with the traffic offence committed.
He also stated plans to reposition the agency for effective service delivery.
In her reaction, a trader along Onitsha-Owerri Expressway, Mrs. Ogochukwu Okonkwo and a resident of Onitsha, Mr. Onyebuchi Uzor, appreciated the efforts of the agency on the exercise.
They noted that Governor Obiano’s administration has brought remarkable transformation in Onitsha and other parts of the state.
According to them, stealing, robbery, kidnapping and other vices have been reduced.
At the end of the exercise, our correspondent discovered that the city became decongested and there was free flow of vehicular and human movement.