–     says: Ibe led management not affected by Okafor’s appointment 

The Commissioner for Transport, Barr Rex Anunobi, has allayed the fears of private vehicle owners under franchise and reassured them that they will get adequate return for their investments and that the appointment of Chief Ifeanyi Okafor to the public outfit will not jeopardize their welfare or interest as well as the governments intention to reposition the transport company.

Barrister Anunobi who was speaking during a recent interaction with the new General Manager of Imo Transport Company (ITC), Chief Cletus Ibeh, disclosed that the appointment of Chief Okafor as Revenue Collector was made in good fate and aimed at ensuring that the revenue of the company are properly accounted for and judiciously dispensed according to need and importance.

The Commissioner revealed this on Tuesday July 21, 2020, when he alongside the Special Adviser to the Governor on Transport, Chief Keneth Okafor, received in his office the Acting General Manager of ITC, Chief Ifeanyi Cletus Ibeh and his management team, ITC Franchise Owners Association Ltd and Drivers Welfare Association. He explained that the recent  appointment of Chief Ifeanyi Okafor of Las Vegas Company as Government Revenue Collector for ITC does neither infringe, sack Chief Ibe led management; nor alter the administrative and operational framework of the company. 

He rather described Chief Okafor’s appointment as a revolutionary step taken in good faith to ensure that all revenues accruable to the Government are supervised and duly collected after recurrent and overhead cost by the management. 

Barr Anunobi, who commended ITC Franchise Owners Association for investing in the state through the government owned Transport Company, restated the vision of the Shared Prosperity Government of Senator Hope Uzodinma to reposition ITC for optimum productivity as well as sanitizing the entire transportation sector for effective service delivery.

While admonishing the franchise owners to show total cooperation to the Acting General Manager, Chief Ibeh and his management team, the Commissioner also enjoined them to extend same gesture to Chief Okafor of Las Vergas Company Ltd, to ensure sustainability of peace and industrial harmony in Imo Transport Company. 

In his contribution, the Acting GM, ITC, Chief Ibe, commended the Commissioner for Transport for deploying his wisdom and experience in handling sensitive issues which he said have engendered greater stability in ITC and the entire transport sector. 

Chief Ibe, however, promised to work harmoniously with the newly appointed Revenue Collector to ensure that revenues accruable to the government from ITC after overhead and other routine administrative costs are transparently remitted to government coffers in accordance with the newly stipulated arrangement.

Also contributing, the Chairman of ITC Franchise Owners Association Ltd, Chief B. C Igwe, pledged to cooperate with the management of ITC to ensure compliance with the government new arrangement regarding revenue collection in the Company. 

He commended the Commissioner for convening the meeting which he said has restored investors’ confidence in ITC as against the glaring corrupt practices that enveloped the company during the past administrations. 

The visibly elated Igwe, however, promised to procure additional 20 buses to shore up his fleets in demonstration of his immense support to the Commissioner for Transport and the Shared Prosperity Government of Senator Hope Uzodinma for restoring normalcy and transparency in the affairs of ITC. 

Among those present during the official visit of the various groups was the SA to the Commissioner on Media and Special Projects, Comrade Ebere Uzoukwa.