Gbenga Sodeinde, Ado Ekiti
No fewer than 77 vehicles and hundreds of motorcycles popularly called “okada” were impounded by law enforcement agents during the first week of the general checking of vehicle particulars and driver’s licenses in Ekiti state.
The Special Adviser to the Ekiti State Governor on Internally Generated Revenue (IGR), Mr. Ropo Ogunjobi who made this known in Ado-Ekiti, explained that the exercise was to guarantee safety and security on roads in the state, stressing that the move would ensure that only properly licensed drivers and vehicles with valid papers are allowed on the roads.
Ogunjobi added that the exercise was being executed through joint effort of staff of the state Board of Internal Revenue, officials of
the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), the police and Vehicle Inspection Officers (VIO) in the state.
Expressing satisfaction with the progress of the exercise, the Governor’s aide said that the exercise would not only minimize road
accidents thereby saving lives and property of the people, it would also boost the state’s IGR.
Ogunjobi noted that there has been an upsurge of up to a million naira daily on IGR of the state since the commencement of the exercise.
According to him, the turnout of customers for registration and renewal of vehicle particulars as well as applications for renewal of driver’s license have increased tremendously, saying that the development would boost the current deplorable financial situation of the state occasioned by huge debt profile inherited by the Fayose led administration from its predecessor and the dwindling revenue accrued to the state from the federation account.
Assuring that all impounded vehicles would be released to their owners as soon as the papers were perfected, he however cautioned motorists against patronizing touts, stressing that payments should be made at designated banks while vehicle papers should be obtained at the Ado, Ikere and Ido Ekiti centers to avoid falling into the hands of fraudsters.