Operators of commercial tricycles, popularly known as Keke nappep in Rivers State are worried that the extended ban of their activities in the Port Harcourt metropolis will render several persons jobless and pose threat to peace and security in the state.
The State Chairman of Keke Owners and Riders Association of Nigeria (KORAN), John Ademola, who expressed worry over the situation in Port Harcourt yesterday appealed to the Rivers State Government to reconsider the extended ban of their operations because of its attendant consequences in the lives of its members and the society at large.
Mr. Ademola said: “Significant proportions of Nigerians have gained meaningful employment on the Keke business with many acquiring skills on assembling of road transport equipment across the country. The teeming riders and all other benefiting stakeholders need encouragement and not ban which could push those being displaced into unlawful acts to survive.”
The association said it acknowledges the perceived excesses, including lawlessness on the roads which informed government’s decision to extend the ban in Port Harcourt metropolis and environs, assuring that the body is committed to ensure that tricycle operators comply with traffic regulations and refrain from unlawful acts in course of their operation.
Meanwhile, the association in conjunction with the Federal Road Safety Commission held a day workshop to sensitise tricycle riders on improved conduct and respect for safety on roads with participants admitting that the knowledge gained would enhance sanity in keke operations in the state.
Reporter: Paul Obiajunwo, Port Harcourt