Oyo Assembly suspends transport agency

Governor Abiola Ajimobi of Oyo state

The agency was accused of extortion.

The Oyo State House of Assembly has suspended the activities of the Oyo State Transport Enumeration and Registration Scheme (OYSTERS).

The Speaker, Monsurat Sunmonu, who announced the suspension at the House’s plenary session on Thursday, hinged the decision on the failure of the agency’s management to appear on the floor of the House, as directed during a previous sitting.

Following allegations of extortion leveled against OYSTERS by members of the public, the lawmakers had directed that the agency’s management appeared before it to defend themselves.

OYSTERS was set up to register motorcycles and tricycles, and their operators, across the state; as well as collect the necessary levies on behalf of government.

However, motorcycle and tricycle operators have alleged extortion, double levies and other frauds in the activities of the agency.

Although the House acknowledged the receipt of a letter from OYSTERS‘ Head of Project Administration in which reasons for the absence were stated, lawmakers insisted that the Project Director appeared in person with his management team.

The speaker on Thursday ordered that all activities of the agency must be put on hold until the team appeared before the House to defend itself.

Ms. Sunmonu, therefore, issued a fresh directive that the team appeared at the next sitting scheduled for Thursday, October 31.

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