Abia State House of Assembly on Tuesday upon resumption from Christmas break considered a Bill proposing the establishment of number plate production authority as a way to boost the revenue base of the state, ABN TV reports.
The Bill sponsored by Hon Ginger Onwusibe, the Member representing Isialangwa North State Constituency if passed into law will ease the burden Abians pass through in attempt to register their vehicles.
Hon. Onwusibe said, “If we Establish an Authority to produce Number Plates, there is no doubt that it will generate revenue for Abia State”.
He continued, “Sometimes when our people buy their cars and go to register them, it lingers on for one week thereabout because of unavailability of the Number Plates.
“It will also help to create direct and indirect employments”.
He also argued that it is not the exclusive right of the federal government to legislate on matters of this nature.
In his contribution, the Speaker, Abia State House of Assembly, Rt Hon Chinedum Enyinnaya Orji, said the Bill is a simple one that seeks to partner with the Federal Road Safety Commission to see to the production and availability of number plates in Abia.
“It is even easier to get other States’ number plates than that of Abia State. That is why over 70% of us have their private cars registered with either Abuja or Lagos instead of having Abia on the Number Plates” The Speaker said.
ABN TV reports that the Bill was thereafter committed to the Joint Committee on Finance and Transportation for further input.
The House adjourned Plenary to Wednesday, 29th Day of January 2020.