Kogi state Governor, Yahaya Bello, has ordered the immediate removals of roadblocks mounted on highways within the state, where illegal taxes are collected.
Governor Bello, who was on a trip to Okene, Kogi State, on Thursday morning, ran into a gridlock caused by the activities of the illegal tax collectors.
The Governor who alighted from his car ordered one of his security aides to supervise the removal of the roadblock in the area after interactions with the perpetrators.
He lamented that the illegal roadblocks have caused so much hardship to the road users especially the transporters.
“The activities of the illegal tax collectors on the road are a serious source of frustration to taxi drivers and drivers of articulated vehicles because of the high illegal charges,” he lamented.
He, however, warned that he will not condone such practices in the state, adding that only legally constituted tax collection agencies backed by relevant statutes would be allowed to carry out their responsibilities.
Some of the transport workers who were held at the roadblock said they had spent hours before the arrival of the governor and they commended Governor Bello for taking a decisive action aimed at ending the menace.