By Archibong Jeremiah
The Cross River State House of Assembly (CRSHA) has constituted a five man committee saddled with the responsibility of ensuring that relevant Ministries, Department and Agencies (MDA’s) statutorily responsible for keeping roads safe in the state to swing into action and clear petroleum tankers parking along major roads in the state capital.
Some of the heavy duty trucks belong to oil marketers which are usually fully loaded with Premium Motor Spirit (PMS), are always parked along the MCC High Way, Calabar down to 8 Miles and others belonging to United Cement Company (UNICEM) also causing traffic gridlock along the Calabar-Akpabuyo-Bakassi route.
According to the House in their first plenary session this morning, the activities of these trucks drivers have gotten to an unbearable level and the House finds it imperative to take decisive action so as forestall loose of lives and properties of the state inhabitants.
After hearing various arguments from Honorable Members, both in favor and against the motion brought before the House by its Majority Leader, Hon. Ushie Moses Ucheche representing the Obanliku state constituency, the House resolved to set up an adhoc committee to critically look into the issues raised.
The Committee is chaired by Hon. Idagbor Ajoh Agaji representing Bekwara state constituency and assisted by the Bakassi state constituency representative, Hon. Elizabeth Ironbar.
Others members are Hon. Christian Acheng Agbor (Etung), Hillary Bisong (Boki 2), and Hon. Peter Odey (Ogoja).
The committee has three weeks from today Monday 23rd June, 2015 to interface with the tanker drivers union and relevant MDA’s, look at the causes and challenges and come up with temporal and long term solutions.
The house adjourned sitting to 7th July, 2015.
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