DELTA LINE INTER-CITY BUS, AGBOR- ABAVO ROUTE GENERATES CONTROVERSY

Delta Line, operators of the newly introduced inter-city buses in major towns within Delta State are beginning to experience some hiccup concerning loading spaces for the buses plying the Agbor- Abavo route. And if the situation is not well managed by the people involved; commuters who hitherto had been enjoying what could be better known as their own democracy dividend may be singing a different song.

Just eight days after the introduction of the buses into the town, commuters began to feel the ease associated with boarding the buses to their different destinations. Some of them who spoke to Ika Weekly said that they are very happy for the new development. They praised the leadership of Governor Emmanuel Eweta Uduaghan for introducing the buses into the State, which has reduced transport fare considerably.

It was however gathered from reliable sources, that the Abavo buses of the transport company which used to park and load passengers at the Mobil Filling Station, by Traffic Light Junction, Orogodo, were told to leave the area owing to the fact that they were carrying more passengers than the buses operating behind the filling station that had been there before the commencement of the new buses. This made the two buses allocated to the Abavo route to move further down, close to the African Petroleum, A P, filling station, near the Orogodo River. Nevertheless the transport company was still making brisk business at their new park.

But hell was let loose on Thursday, July 30, 2009, when the National Union of Road Transport Workers, N.U.R.T.W., operating behind Mobil Filling Station matched to the AP filling station to confront the new bus drivers.

In order to resolve the unfortunate incident, the Unit Manager of Delta Line in the area, Com Vincent Ugbaja went with his drivers to see Alhaji Muhmmad Mustapha Irenuma 11, the Obi of Abavo, to brief him of the insidece; upon which the Obi sent some of his Chiefs to meet with the leaders of N.U.R.T.W. situated behind Mobil Filling Station.

It was however revealed that the meeting did not end on a happy note; as many of the participants began to walk out of the venue of the meeting. But that notwithstanding, the Chiefs who were sent by the Obi of Abavo were insistent in the message that they brought to the workers before the walkout; which was for the people to allow Delta Line to pick passengers by Mobil Filling Station, or any other place that the transport company deems fit to load Abavo passengers.

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