Gov. Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia State has banned the collection of revenue along major roads to check activities of touts in the state.
The governor made the announcement via a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr Onyebuchi Ememanka, in Aba on Saturday
Ikpeazu noted that the activities of touts had increased in parts of the state due to the culture of revenue collection along major roads.
He said that revenue collection along major roads had been hijacked by touts, who had become a nuisance to the residents.
The governor also directed Mr Christian Kamalu, the Chairman of Osisioma Ngwa Local Government Area, to immediately rid the Osisioma Flyover of touts in order to restore order in the area.
“Henceforth, is has become illegal for any revenue agent to waylay or harass motorists or other road users along major roads in the state.
“The police and other law enforcement agencies have been told to enforce this directive; anybody found culpable will face the law,” he said.
Activities of touts have remained visible in the state in spite of a law passed by the Abia House of Assembly and the state government outlawing touting in 2016.