From Uzoh Nwakaije, Awka.
Anambra State Governor, Dr Willie Obiano, Friday commissioned a computerized vehicle inspection centre in Awka, saying it would increase the revenue base for the state.
Performing the commissioning exercise, Governor Obiano announced that the Onitsha and Nnewi plants will be ready before the end of the year.
According to the Governor, the main purpose is to check unavoidable accidents on the highways through proper vehicle checks and maintenance, adding, “the plant will generate revenue for the state”.
He announced that his administration has equipped the federal road safety corps with speed testing, devices and alcohol testing devices to check and prosecute overspeeding and drunk drives through its existing mobile courts.
The Governor said his administration will recruit one hundred persons to beef up the staff strength of the Vehicle Inspection Unit(VIO) in Anambra, as well carry out their duty effectively.
In a speech, the Commissioner For road, rail and water transportation, Princess Chinwe Nwaebili, thanked the Governor for providing the facilities which will assist the vehicle inspection officers in certifying the road worthiness of vehicles.
In a remark, the state chairman of the Anambra State Investment Promotion and Protection Agency, Igwe Dr. Cyril Enweze, disclosed that the plant will create jobs as well as beef up the internally generated revenue in the state.
The state sector commander of the Federal Road Safety Corps, Mr Sunday Ajayi, commended the Governor for the initiative, hoping that vehicle owners would to take advantage of the plant to ensure the safety of their lives on the highways.