Against the back drop of the challenges that has hindered the development of the transport sector in one of Nigeria’s commercial hub, the administration of Governor Willie Obiano has taken the bold step of transforming and repositioning the Anambra state Transport sector for better service, improved access and optimal results for all.
In order to enhance a sustainable transportation system, which is expected to aid economic development, the state government had flagged off the Anambra Traffic Management Agency (ATMA), the Ocha Brigade and the City Cab Scheme (CCS). The ATMA is similar to the Lagos State Traffic Management, LASTMA and the City Cab Scheme, is a state sponsored youth empowerment scheme that allows for youths of the state to own their own cars through hire-purchase. All of these initiatives are geared towards the delivery of seamless commuting and modernised transport system in Anambra State.
In the same vein, and for the purpose of streamlining for effectiveness, the governor further ordered free registration of commercial motorcycles and tricycles. At the registration centre, Engr. Ifeanyi Ejikeme, told the operators that Anambra State Government had no intention to ban motorcycle transportation in the state, however it understands the important role data plays in any social reform and administration, hence the reason the State has again partnered Chams PLC, Nigeria’s Identity platform and solutions provider, to provide this service for it. He further added, that the registration exercise is being carried out in all the three Senatorial Districts in the state with each district having its own unique color code and number to identify operators by their region of operations. He explained that, All motorcycle and tricycle riders in the state must register and have their biometric and bio-data captured; all operators will also be issued operator’s permit by the State Ministry of Transport through Chams Plc .
The Managing Director, Chams PLC, Mr. Femi Williams, was full of praises to the governor and his team for the bold step taken to transform the transport sector in the state. Williams said, ‘The governor and his team understand the basis for a successful reform in any administration, data. Data is important for governance. Ensuring the state has proper record, aids planning, helps to cut wastage, mitigate fraud and other sharp practices. The Anambra state verification of things project , allows for the state to know how many of operators, bikes and tricycles are there in the state, what the state needs to provide for when supporting the sector and planning to upscale the sector. This also delivers security and peace of mind for commuters and forestalls cases of abductions and other vices.
The new drive aimed at reviving the transportation sector in Anambra State no doubt speaks volumes of government determination in ensuring safety on its high ways and also create template for future economic development through transportation sector in the South-Eastern part of the country. In a related development, the government said that it had embarked on the training of Vehicle Inspection Officers (VIO) with the aim of saving lives and ensuring the efficiency of the officers in the discharge of their duties. While expressing his government’s readiness to give the state’s highways a face lift free from accidents, Obiano said his administration is interested in the resuscitation of the operations of the VIOs in Anambra state, which, he noted, has not been functional since the retirement of the last VIO Officer in June 2013.
Chams is currently partnering Anambra state on its resident identification initiative as well as Internally generated revenue programmes and solutions to enable ensure governance reaches to the people , track and monitor its spends, tax, revenue collections etc.