From Jude Owuamanam, Jos

Plateau state Joint Transport, Traders and Marketers Association has bemoaned their plight since the state government enacted Executive Order 003 of 2024.

They’ve therefore declared a one day warning strike/sit-at-home on Wednesday to express their anger over the implementation of the order

The order sought to restrict the movement of heavy duty trucks and animals within the greater Jos master plan.

The joint traders and marketers, who addressed the press on Tuesday, said that order has taken a heavy toll on their businesses as no fewer than 25 vehicles have been impounded by the Jos Metropolitan Development Board (JMDB)

State Chairman Jos North Traders Association, Ismaila Abubakar Garba, who read the text of the press briefing, said that ome of the trucks impounded were not moving on the road but were offloading at various stores/shops and were towed to the VIO office at Anglo Jos and the Government had refused to released the said trucks to its owners until the sum of #500,000 (Five Hundred Thousand Naira Only) is paid as fine on each truck.

He said, “The conveners of this Press Conference are all the Transporters and Marketers Associations who are directly affected by this Executive Order 003 of 2024.

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“The outright and deliberate refusal of the government to have a listening ears necessitated this press conference. The last time we checked, we found out that the roads in which The Government is barricading for us not to follow belongs to the Federal government from one State to the other and for vehicles movement on those roads is an infringement of our Fundamental Right id the federal Republic of Nigeria (As Amended).

“We strongly disagree with the government in keeping or packing our that has security threat. We had earlier sat with Government Officials but overstretched our patience and non adherence to democratic tenets, rule of law and constitutionalism.

“We therefore call on the Government of Plateau State to retract its step, provide designated routes for trucks, allow trucks moving goods to other states .

“We further urge the Government to construct truck terminals for the efficient working of the Executive Order and also to reduce the restriction time from 9:00pm-6am to 5pm -7am to reduce the hardship faced by the truck owners and high cost of goods and services by the citizens.

The traders lamented that at the moment no truck owners are willing to convey any goods from other state to Plateau State which as now lead to increase of goods and services.