Kaduna Moves to Close Down Illegal Motor Parks, Loading Points
Kaduna state government Tuesday commenced moves to close down all illegal motor parks and other loading points that are seen springing up within the metropolis to reduce insecurity.
A motion to that effect has already been presented to the State House of Assembly by Hon. Mukhtar Isa Hazo representing Basawa Constituency of the state. The motion, sponsored by the Hon. Mukhtar Hazo and supported by I. Ishaku Kantiok representing Zonkwa constituency, is seeking members’ support on the need to abolish loading of passengers outside designated motor parks (or loading points) in the state.
According to the sponsor, the aim of the motion is to solicit intervention of the House to, as a matter of urgency, call on the state government to direct and empower relevant agencies to ensure that all illegal motor parks in the state are cancelled, in order to reduce the security threat arising from the satellite garages spreading all over the state, especially Kaduna metropolitan.
Hazo said, “Mr speaker, Sir, Honourable Members, you will agree with me that these illegal parks have become places of hideout for criminals, car snatchers, armed robbers, cable robbers, time-bomb and other deadly weapons,” stressing that there is hardly anybody to checkmate the criminal activities of these illegal parks, unlike in the approved motor parks where adequate security are provided even by the Nigerian Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW).
Hazo expressed the assurance that if the illegal motor parks are closed down, more numbers of vehicles would begin to enter into designates parks, thereby increasing revenue base to the local government to enable it restructure and renovate garages to modern standards.
The moves will likely to boost employment of NURTW, who are duly registered and recognized, than touts who aid in loading of passengers outside the central parks. The supporter of the motion, Hon Kantiok, suggested that when motion is presented to House by the House Committee, the House would invite RTUs and relevant agencies to a public hearing and investigate and immediate remedy to the menace.