Mortuary decorators, Ambulance drivers protest

Ambulance drivers protest
Ambulance drivers protest

Ambulance drivers protest

Protesters led by the Hearse, Ambulance, Casket, Mortuary Decorators Union drove through Abia State, expressing their unhappiness with the collection of revenues by louts.

They marched along key routes in Umuahia, the state capital, causing considerable traffic congestion.

They drove around at a snail’s speed, blaring sirens and turning on their vehicle headlights, provoking the wrath of other road users.

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Chairman of the union, Comrade Uche Kalu, told newsmen in front of Gity Gate Mortuary in Umuahia, where they took off, that touts posing as revenue taskforce had not given their members any breathing space in the state.

According to him, the touts subject the members to a variety of payments without receipts ranging from N2,000 to N10,000.

In several cases, he added, tax collectors smashed their vehicles’ windscreens, side mirrors, and lights in a desperate attempt to extort money.

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The chairman said that their members are “not commercial drivers, but humanitarian workers” who should not be subjected to extortion in the sake of profit.

He demanded that the state force the louts to stop bothering his members so that they may operate without interruption.

If the persecution of their members continues after the peaceful protest, the union members have vowed to go on strike for a month.

“We want the to stop these ‘touts’ (louts) from bothering us,” he stated. They wreck our cars and cause delays in our movements, regardless of whether we are transporting sick people or bodies.

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“What we’re doing is humanitarian work, and we shouldn’t be treated as businesspeople.” A five-minute delay in the arrival of an ambulance is perilous. This foolishness has to come to an end! These touts must be dealt with, with prudence by the government.”

When asked if they had contacted the state government, he claimed the union had written to Governor Orji Uzor Kalu in 2007 during his administration, but nothing was done.

As a result, he pleaded with Governor Okezie Ikpeazu to come to their aid.

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