The State Taskforce on Environmental Sanitation and Town Planning has removed the TSTC Motor Park from the Owonyi Quarters.
The Taskforce team which stormed the park with security agents and a bulldozer removed all structures that were erected at the park.
Some of the structures removed included abandoned and scraps of vehicles, kiosks, tents, sign post and tables.Commenting on the exercise, the Secretary of the Taskforce, Mr. Abel Bako Lau said notice were earlier given to the people at the park to relocate to the main park three months ago, but they refused to comply with the directive.
He said the relocation of mini parks to the one provided by the State government would help tackle security challenges and ensure orderliness in the town.
Mr. Abel Bako Lau debunked rumors that the TSTC Park would be used as a market, saying that already government had provided a space behind the De-bas Suites where the Mayo-Gwoi market would be relocated to.
Similarly, the Adamawa Sunshine and Benue Links bus parks at roadblock Jalingo were also removed and asked to relocate to the TSTC terminus.
Also, the Lease Vehicles Owners of the Taraba State Transport Corporation TSTC says the decision to relocate terminus to the main TSTC terminus is done in good faith.
The Chairman of Lease Vehicles Owners, Umar Mohammed stated this while speaking in Jalingo.
He observed that their major challenge was the operation of some vehicles along the roadside which he alleged was seriously affecting them.
The Chairman, who said that they are among the agencies that give huge government revenue, called on the state government not to allow anybody operate parks along the roadside as it would truncate the actualization of the intention of government.
He called on the public to always patronize the TSTC terminus and appealed to the government to rehabilitate the road leading to it before the raining season.
Also commenting, the General Manager of TSTC, Ahmed Nyagdi said all measures have been put in place to ensure smooth operation of the vehicles at the terminus.
He noted that adequate security measures have been put in place by the management of the terminus to ensure the safety and wellbeing of the commuters.
Similarly, the National Union of Road Transport Workers NURTW in Taraba State has expressed its total support to the relocation of all mini motor parks in Jalingo to the main motor park at roadblock.
Secretary of the Union, Haruna Abdu Maitebur, said the decision of the state government to demolish mini Motor Parks was in the right direction.
Haruna Maitebur explained that establishment of such motor parks were unlawful because they destroy the beautiful nature of the town, in addition to the security implication.
He said long before the state government took the decision to bring all commercial vehicles in one place; the union wrote to the state government to improve the condition of the main motor park so that commercial vehicles could operate from a single motor park to bring sanity.
The Secretary said the Union had already demolished all structures and removed properties belonging to it at the main motor park to provide enough space for vehicles operating outside the station to occupy.
Haruna Maitebur said operating mini motor parks amounted to denying the state government huge revenue because most of the operators are not paying revenue due to the government.
He said the centralization of vehicles at the main motor park would drastically reduce the security challenges faced by commuters and improve the revenue base of the government.
Haruna Maitebur advised passengers to ensure that they boarded vehicles inside the main motor park for the safety of their lives and properties and called on the state government to withdraw permits issued to operators of mini motor parks to sustain its good vision.