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Ban on commercial motorcycles: Minna residents urge Niger govt to buy tricycles, buses to cushion hardship

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Residents of Minna, Niger State capital have appealed to the State Government to hasten the procurement of tricycles and buses to cushion the effect of hardship faced by the people occasioned by the ban on movement of commercial motorcycles

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popularly known as Okada in Minna metropolis.

They made the appeal during a radio phone-in programme on Prestige FM tagged; ‘Nigeria Today’ while hosting the Secretary to the State Government, SSG, Ahmed Matane and monitored by DAILY POST in Minna.

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Callers said movement has become difficult for the people since the state placed a ban on Okada in the metropolis.

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Many of them that contributed at the Programme, however, testified that the ban has significantly reduced the number of road accidents and crime rate in Minna and environs.

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Responding, the SSG said the hgovernment is aware of the inconveniences the ban on commercial motorcycles is inflicting on the residents but that the decision was taken in the overall interest of the State.

“That is why palliative measures have been put in place through the procurement and distribution of buses, tricycles and host of others with a view to cushion the effect of the hardship.”

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He explained that the state Government remains committed to the ban on use of Okada in Minna in order to improve the security situation in the state and to curtail criminal activities often perpetrated through the use of motorcycles.

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Matane lamented that many okada operators have continued to flagrantly disobey the traffic law and, in some cases, resist enforcement by engaging in organized attacks on law enforcement agencies.

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According to the SSG, Government has observed a worrying trend in which criminals have found okada a useful and enabling tool with which to perpetrate heinous crimes, with the motorcycles acting as quick-getaway vehicles”

“We cannot continue to live with the menace constituted by many Okada riders to the peace, orderliness and safety of the populace. Therefore, the Government will do everything humanly possible to rid the State of any criminal element,” he maintained.

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