Local Car News #Update
The Association of Luxury Bus Owners of Nigeria (ALBON) on Monday asked for the intervention of the good office of the Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo in lifting the paralysis of their businesses which was on the brink of being crumbled. This was as a result of the forceful permanent relocation of their headquarters from Jibowu and its environs to Ojota allegedly by the Lagos State government.
Led by the President of ALBON, Emeka Mamah who is also the chairman of Ifesinachi motors, in a courtesy visit to the presidential villa, Abuja addressed the dire need for the intervention of the Vice President while addressing the state house correspondents.
According to Mr Mamah, the Lagos State Government issued an executive order directing all transporters on the Ikorodu-road corridor to relocate to Ojota in 2017. He further addressed that since the order, every attempted effort to meet with the Governor has proved abortive.
He also pointed out that the association’s businesses had been crippled ever since as no transporter had operated with the usual freedom as Armed policemen had been deployed on the Ikorodu road axis to stop the businesses of the bus operators in their private parks.
“That is the main reason we said we should come to his excellency (the Vice President) to complain and to appeal so that he can step into this matter and see reasons we should maintain our private parks.
“These are investments that we owe banks and we have spent so much to develop those places,’’ he pleaded.
The Patron of the Association, Eugene Nzom-Ojukwu (MON)said that the Lagos incident had pushed the operations of the group down adding that about three months ago, the Lagos government impounded the association’s buses and kept them for three months without justification.
“We have found it severely difficult to set off all the accumulated bank interest the action caused to us. You can also agree with us that the luxury bus association has never for one day gone on a strike no matter what it is. Our primary objective is to keep the nation moving; we do not want to be a stumbling block on the movement of the government and the people as well.
“We are trying to do whatever we think is possible for us to make sure that everything in Nigeria moves perfectly as far as transportation area is concerned,’’ the ALBON patron added.