…urges citizens to report erring officials_*
The Edo State Government has cautioned officers of the Public Works Volunteers Scheme (PUWOV) against extortion and abuse of power in the discharge of their duties.
In a statement, the State Coordinator of PUWOV, Mukhtar Yusuf-Osagie, urged citizens to call or chat the PUWOV helplines on 08132030846 or 09150322999 to report erring officials.
“We urge you to call to report any PUWOV official found extorting money from drivers and traders on the road; you can identify each official by the number on their reflective jacket as all officials have a unique identification number at the back of their reflective jacket,” he noted.
The statement further reads: “Call and report any PUWOV official in an unlawful act of giving priority to commercial drivers and traders (i.e. giving preference to some drivers/traders in unauthorized areas).
“Also report any PUWOV staff found harassing or victimizing a driver/traders; official and patrol team in a wrongful mode of operations and enforcement as they are expected to be civil in operations and dealing with offenders; official on operation without the PUWOV reflective jacket.
“We are also appealing to drivers and traders to please patronize the Government approved designated commercial motor parks and markets and desist from violating Government laws and creating unnecessary gridlocks on our roads, as the Scheme will continue to uphold her mandate of restoring orderliness and discipline in public places.”
The coordinator assured Edo people that “PUWOV will not relent in sustaining the already inculcated practices of orderliness and discipline enjoyed by Edo people for the past years.”
“We, therefore, charge everyone to join the Government to sustain the good temple by calling the PUWOV helplines to fish out the bad eggs as the Scheme does not condone misconducts and other illicit acts by officials,” the statement read.