The Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Prof. Solo Chukwudebelu, was allegedly the driving force behind illegal Keke revenue collection in Anambra State, according to a malicious publication made by an unnamed group and individual publishing under the guise of the Keke Drivers Association in the state.
The group, which additionally accused SSG of undermining Governor Chukwuma Soludo’s efforts to eradicate touting in the State, said that they had nothing against the most recent N15,000 weekly fee imposed on Keke drivers in the State.
However, they resisted any intimidation from individuals they referred to as cults and touts who wanted to charge a different toll for the TOAN order than what the State Government requested.
But the state chairman, comrade Sylvester Obiora, dismissed the group, calling them a bunch of touts seeking attention, along with TOAN’s chief media officer, dede Uzor A.
He said TOAN categorically expressed dismay at the audacity with which they accused a high ranking official of the State Government in the person of Prof Chukwudebelu of sabotaging a government he is a key member.
Comrade Obiora said ” Our attention has been drawn to a publication by some elements in the name of Keke Association and wish to distance ourself from such malicious and unfounded publication”.
He said such publication was not and cannot come from TOAN warning those who have been parading themselves as Keke Association in Anambra State to desist from such obnoxious and illegal action.
He said they would not hesitate to descend heavily using the law enforcement agents on any person or persons who want to create clicks with a view to extorting innocent Keke riders, saying that there is nothing like Keke “Association in Anambra State” such name doesn’t have statutory CAC legal immunity.
The group however lauded Governor Soludo for his focussed leadership and determination to bring sanity to the transport industry in Anambra State.
They also commended the SSG and the Commissioner for Transport for their efforts to help the Governor execute his manifested during the electioneering.
TOAN promised to continue to support the Governor in his determination to transform the landscape of the State.