By OKONKWO EZE
ONITSHA — The Nigerian Lorry Drivers Association, NILODA, has decried alleged extortion of their members along the highways and multiple taxation by government agencies across the country.
National President of the association, Mr. Boniface Chiedozie, who spoke during the election and inauguration of an 11-man new executive members of Anambra State chapter of the association, said although the federal government had gazetted some of the taxable items, the ugly trend had impacted negatively on their members.
Chiedozie, however, expressed satisfaction that NILODA had so far been established in 28 of the 36 states of the federation, noting that the issue of multiple taxation would soon be subdued.
According to him, the national executive committee of NILODA has engaged the agencies in a mutual dialogue.
He noted that NILODA had equally teamed up with security agencies to protect their members from the menace of hoodlums along the highways, since its major role was to defend and protect the interest of their members.
He, therefore, charged their members, particularly the newly elected state executive, to be disciplined and behave as responsible persons.
Chiedozie warned that the national executive committee would not tolerate any act of indiscipline from any member.
In his post election speech, the newly elected Anambra State chairman of NILODA, Mr. Uche Rogers Nebuwa, commended the members for electing him and his new executive members unopposed, adding that such a development showed the level of confidence reposed in them.
Nebuwa, who announced the immediate setting up of state task force to attend to Save Our Soul, SOS calls from members, pledged to carry every driver along and make all of them to become their brothers’ keepers.
Nebuwa, who is also the South East zonal coordinator of the National Committee Against Touting and other Related Matters, NCAT, also pledged not only to work according to NILODA dictates, but also liaise with government and security agencies to get to the promised land.