Rivers: Commercial drivers to shutdown transport services if lockdown continues

By Brave Dickson

Commercial drivers in Rivers State may shutdown the transport services of the state if the total lockdown order of some parts of Port Harcourt by Governor Nyesom Wike continues.

The commercial drivers who spoke through their umbrella body known as Urban Drivers Welfare Association, Rivers State said they will use all due process to appeal to the governor to vary his total lockdown order before considering the option of shuttingdown the transport services of the state.

The Chairman of the union, Mr Lekia Isaac told our correspondent that the total lockdown order of the governor had forced them out of business.

He said: “The total lockdown that had been announced by the state government will have a whole lot of negative effect on commercial drivers.

“This total lockdown will definitely force us out of business which means that we may not be able to meet our financial obligations to our families such as feeding, paying of house rent, sponsoring of children in school, etc.

“The implication is that some of our commercial drivers might be tempted to use some illegitimate means to survive.

“I want to use this medium to appeal to the state governor to help vary his total lockdown order in a way it will not put us out of business.

“We intend to write a letter of appeal to the governor through the state ministry of information to that effect.

“If we appeal to the state government and it refuses to listen to us, we might decide to shutdown the state transport system by withdrawing our transport services in the state.”