Ondo residents groan as govt Task Force clamps down on Motorists
A task force of Ondo state Internal Revenue Service on Wednesday clamped down on Motorists that have no valid Vehicle Licences and new Number Plates.
Our correspondent reports that the taskforce comprising officials of FRSC, VIO, Armed Civil Defence officers and Police Officers paraded major roads in akure, the state capital and started removing old number plates from any vehicle that violated any of the laws.
It was gathered that the task force had been given three months to operate within the state as part of revenue generation.
An official with ondo state government who pleaded anonymity told our correspondent that the state government were not sensitive to the challenges facing nigerians before coming out with the task force against motorists to enforce such law.
He said “ i am very sad with this sudden action by the task force. the hardship currently facing the people at the moment is disheartening as workers that don’t have stable salaries, and those in private sector are complaining of how it is now difficult for them to cope based on inflation.
Other motorists lamented that a state government owing three months salaries do not have the moral ground to place such burden on the
Also speaking, another motorist Mr Dayo Oyeyemi who was accosted for using old Number Plate though with valid Vehicle Papers faulted the task force.
He insisted that vehicles duly registered on old number plates should have been excused till their papers were due for renewal!
He said “Forcing people to get new number plates is out of hand and obnoxious just because they want to generate revenue for government ? I told them my papers are complete and valid and they confirmed it ,yet they said i must go and register for new number plate , and as far as am concerned ,i am not aware of any law that mandates Nigerians to forcefully get new number plates when it is not a new car. They remove my number plates and asked me to go and get new one. You can imagine. This is wickedness and unacceptable.”
Other Motorists appealed to government to put human face into implementation of its policies especially at this time of harsh economy.