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Akwa Ibom State transporters, under the aegis of Transport Operators Movement, yesterday condemned the 25-year lease of the state’s Transport Corporation (AKTC) to Nsik Motors.

The union’s Chairman Kingsley Akpan spoke on behalf of the members at a media briefing in Uyo, the Akwa State capital.

The union leader warned that there would be no peace in the state, if the government refused to revoke the new contract.

He said the 25-year contract was a bad arrangement between former Transport Commissioner Godwin Ntuk Udeh and top officials of Nsik Motors.

Akpan said the contract was illegal and unacceptable because other people in the Transport sector were not contacted before its decision was taken.

The union leader noted that even the stakeholders in the Transport Ministry were also not contacted when the contract was signed.

He added that it was wrong for Nsik Motors to be given another term of leasing, following the expiration of the one it had for 16 years, which expired in 2014.

Former commissioner for Transport Godwin NtukUdeh and MD, Nsik Motors, Nsikak Johnny could not be reached at the time of filing this report yesterday.

Calls made to their mobile phones were not answered.

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