|Amaechi: Rivers State Governor|
TIMARIV helmsman, Mr. Nelson Jaja told the media last week that the agency was considering using the military for its operations.
The pronouncement had provoked extensive criticisms from lawyers, civil rights activists and opinion leaders, who labelled the move unconstitutional.
TIMARIV, however, commenced the joint operation last Monday. The operation was merged with the existing MOT/TIMARIV Joint Enforcement scheme. MOT stands for Ministry of Transport. The transport ministry supervises TIMARIV.
chidi opara reports, yesterday evening noticed the presence of heavily armed operatives of the Joint Task force on security, dominated by the military, famously known as JTF, assisting TIMARIV in the enforcement of traffic rules at strategic junctions in Port Harcourt, like Rumuola, Rumuokoro, Waterlines And Lagos bus stop. The operation was also witnessed this morning at the locations mentioned by some chidi opara reports network members.
TIMARIV is the brainchild of the Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi administration. It was planned to be the solution to the embarrassing traffic situation in the state capital. The traffic problem however, increased inspite of the establishment of TIMARIV. From noon on Sundays to Saturdays, major roads in Port Harcourt have been known to experience serious traffic gridlocks
Unproven allegations of corruption against TIMARIV operatives have been making the rounds for sometime now.
chidi opara reports have a yet to be confirmed information that some members of the Peoples Democratic Party(PDP) Youth wing have been integrated into TIMARIV as "TIMARIV Volunteers".
Efforts to reach the TIMARIV management for comment was not successful at the time of preparing this report.