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Obiano orders removal of vehicles, political bill-boards in urban centres

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AWKA — ANAMBRA State governor, Chief Willie Obiano has ordered immediate removal of vehicles from all roads in the urban centres and removal of political billboards in a move aimed at restoring sanity in the state.

The special task force set up by the governor on the issue has swung into action in Awka, Nnewi and Onitsha.
The task force includes members of the Federal Road Safety Commission, FRSC, the police and Anambra State Traffic Agency, ASTA.
The agencies yesterday deployed heavy trucks to the cities, while the Anambra State Signage Agency has deployed its workers to begin the dismantling of the billboards.

Anambra State sector commander of FRSC, Mr. Hygenius Omeje warned that any impounded vehicle that stayed for six months without the owner claiming it, would be disposed of.
He said: “The high ways are not parking yard. We are going to place notifications and already we have notified some individuals in the transport business in the state on what we plan to do.

“It is improper for the high ways to be littered with broken vehicles whether accidental vehicles or parked ones.”
The permanent secretary in the ministry of transport, Mr. E.N.C. Ogbaji who represented the commissioner for transport, Chief Chuma Mbonu said the exercise would last for one month.

This according to him, the aim was to give Anambra State a look everybody would be proud of as directed by the governor and to ensure that traffic flows well in the state.
For the billboard, government said the posters used during the last election was constituting nuisance, adding that it was part of the objective to ensure a healthy environment.

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