COVID-19 Violator: OYRTMA clamps down on Haulage companies flouting order

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Oseni Yusuf, Ibadan

Officer of the Oyo state Road Transport Management Authority (OYRTMA) have Impounded about 36 commercial trailers and other articulated vehicles belonging to haulage companies and logistics departments during it’s routine operations and surveillance in the state held April 9, 2020 at Ibadan, the state capital.

The Executive Chairman, OYRTMA, Dr Akin Fagbemi revealed that the operators of the trucks while coming into or passing through Oyo state to other parts of the country willfully boycotted the lock-down orders of neighbouring states, using their trucks to convey multitude of persons as against the approved carriage of food items, pharmaceutical products and other essential goods/services.

He said, ” while the Authority and other government agencies are in high spirit and rejoicing with the Executive Governor of Oyo state, His Excellency Engr Seyi Makinde over his recent conquer of the ravaging COVID-19 by testing negative to the virus twice, some articulated trucks and trailers numbering about 36 were impounded in Oyo state between Wednesday 1st April, 2020 Wednesday 8th of April 2020 for violating the restriction of movement orders of the state government, having previously established that the virus is majorly transmitted through human movement from one place to another”.

The OYRTMA Boss added that” these articulated vehicles were seen conveying hundreds of persons as against the approved food items, pharmaceutical and other essentials without any official permit or convincing reasons.

Fagbemi sternly warned all companies, drivers of articulated trucks, who engages in such act, adding that any vehicle impounded shall be made to face the full wrath of the extant laws of the state.

Dr. Fagbemi also expressed high confidence that if all stakeholders played their respective role and abide by the government’s stipulated safety procedures and guidelines, Oyo state would not only defeat the viral disease, but come out stronger and take her rightful place as the true pace setter state of the federation.