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Delta, union appeal judgment nullifying daily levy on tricycles

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Ovie Okpare, Warri

The Delta State government said it had appealed the judgment which nullified the daily collection of levies and taxes from commercial motorcycle and tricycle operators in the state by an authorised revenue collection consultants.

This is even as the state Commercial Motorcycle and Tricycle Operators Association has called on members of the association to remain calm over the judgment noting that the union was acting within law of the state in the daily collection of levy on tricycle operators.

The Commissioner for Transport, Mr Vincent Uduaghan, stated this on Wednesday in Warri at a press conference organised by the COMTOA, arguing that the daily levies being collected from motorcycle and tricycle operators in the state were not illegal.

Uduaghan, who was represented by his aide, Mr Emiko Oghomienor, said “As the commissioner for transport, we are already challenging the judgment. We stand by anybody that we have given authority to work for us. The state government cannot do anything illegal especially collecting money illegally from people who voted us into power.

“It’s wrong to call what we collect as illegal levy. The state government is committed to the welfare of the Deltans. While we have filed appeal and stay of execution, and it has been duly served on all the claimants. The collection will continue while we await the outcome of the appeal because our action is legal.”

Also speaking, the State Treasurer of Commercial Motorcycle and Tricycle Operators Association, Mr Okeoghene Miller, urged members to maintained the status quo as it has appealed the judgment nullifying the activities of the association.

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