THE people of Olorunda Local Government Area of Osun State have faulted the no-parking order and indiscriminate impounding of vehicles by the task force of the council.
OSUN DEFENDER gathered that the relocation order of motorparks and the impounding of vehicles along major roads in the council area reportedly took-off simultaneously, as a special task force was inaugurated to implement the order.
Some commuters and private vehicle owners have been complaining bitterly about the order. A civil servant in the council who pleaded anonymity said that the order was a good one but lacks proper and thorough planning, adding that if the council intends to introduce a law or order, it ought to have had an adequate publicity, which would enable the people to know what is expected of them.
One Mr Joseph Olajide, an engineer whose car was impounded at Bishop Street beside Igbona said that he could not imagine as only two out of about ten cars on the street were impounded, wondering whether it was a selective treatment or just the way it should be done.
OSUN DEFENDER learnt that the staff of the council met with the manager of a new generation bank, requesting that the bank payed some certain amount of money to the council with a view to providing a parking space for the bank’s staff and customers within the council secretariat premises.
Another source close to the council revealed that the task force was created to compensate the hoodlums who helped them perpetrate atrocities during the last council elections. He further wondered how one would expect a tout who uses violence for survival to properly implement such laws.
The medium further learnt that vehicles that were impounded were charged between a thousand Naira and two thousand five hundred Naira (N1,000 – N2,5000), depending on their offences.
“Someone must remind the Council chairman that even when he is imposed on us by his boss (Oyinlola) he cannot just flout the law, we are aware that the State House of Assembly has not passed the law he is implementing. He must remember that the council is not a road union secretariat, the source added.
Another commuter who claimed to be a graduate, said he appreciated what they wanted to do, as he believed it would enhance traffic flow but they were not doing it right. “If they do not want us to park indiscriminately, they should provide a parking space or bus stops at specific spots, where they want us to park. But the way they are doing it now, would definitely turn into a problem they would not be able to handle,” he further stated.
“If the local government chairman intended to find job for his touts, it should not be at the expense of the people of Olorunda, as he should know that Olorunda is not just any local council, it is within the city and any attempt to play politics with it would be seriously rejected.” said a source.
– By SINA ABUBAKAR