Tuesday, 24 March 2020

COVID-19: CRSG to sell hand sanitizer to C'riverians through DOPT, sets up enforcement

Ukorebi Esien | 24th March 2020 

According to a publication circulated by Mr. Emmanuel Ulayi, Media aide to Governor Ben Ayade of of Cross River State, arrangement have been made for staff of AyadeCare  (Cross River State Health Insurance Scheme) to station at the Traffic Management and Regulatory Agency (formerly known as DOPT - Department of Public Transportation) for the purchase of hand sanitizers by commercial drivers and members of the public.

The publication revealed that, the Director General of the Agency, Comrade Godwin Nyiam, made this known in his office in Calabar. The DG who also revealed that the Agency's staff will embark on serious enforcement from Wednesday, March 25, 2020 as part of strict policy to ensure compliance, admonished all commercial vehicles and drivers who have not yet purchase their hand sanitizer to go to the Agency's office in Calabar and purchase their hand sanitizers.

In the same vein, the release asked all keke operators to comply to the governor's orders" to carry only one passenger at a time and all the commercial drivers must not carry more than two passengers at a time" also. 

The DG of the Traffic Regulatory Agency warned that failure to comply with the new directive which is put in place to checkmate the spread of the current global dreaded scourge called Coronavirus, code named, COVID-19, will attract severe consequences leading to the impoundment of the driver's vehicle.

Incidentally, the Cross River State Government have failed to announce a reduction or complete suspension of the daily ticketing these commercial drivers are forced to pay which in most cases are as high as N1000 daily. 

Surprisingly, the governor's statement that called for complete shutdown of activities in the state as part of it measures to curtail the spread of the coronavirus included revenue collectors as part of the essential workers that will be on duty. 

One begins to wonder the sensitivity of the government or the premium the Cross River State Government places on revenue over its citizens.