‘Keke NAPEP’ oper­a­tors protest clam­p­down in Abuja

Daily Trust - - CITY NEWS - By Ab­bas Ji­moh

Hun­dreds of mem­bers of the Na­tional Commercial Tri­cy­cle And Mo­tor­cy­cle Own­ers and Rid­ers As­so­ci­a­tion (NATOMORAS) yes­ter­day in Abuja said the clamp down of tri­cy­cles also known as Keke NAPEP in the Federal Cap­i­tal Ter­ri­tory (FCT) is il­le­gal and urged the min­is­ter, Se­na­tor Bala Mo­hammed, to in­ter­vene and save thou­sands of com­muters the hard­ship of con­nect­ing to the city cen­ter by reg­u­lat­ing the tri­cy­cle oper­a­tion rather than phase them out com­pletely.

The tri­cy­cle oper­a­tors made the al­le­ga­tion dur­ing a protest or­gan­ised in con­junc­tion with the Al­liance for Cred­i­ble Elec­tion (ACE-Nigeria).

NATOMORAS Chair­man, Al­haji Us­man Buba Gwosa, also lamented the ha­rasse­ment meted to their mem­bers by se­cu­rity agencies even when they ply des­ig­nated routes au­tho­rized by the Direc­torate of Road Traf­fic ser­vices of the FCTA since 2011.

“They have in turn trans­ferred their ag­gres­sion on the commercial tri­cy­cle oper­a­tors in var­i­ous area of Abuja, il­le­gally ar­rest­ing and ex­tort­ing money from them in­clud­ing van­dal­is­ing and seizure of their tri­cy­cle so as to in­tim­i­date them off the road. The Nige­rian Se­cu­rity and Civil De­fense Corp of­fi­cials in­clud­ing the Direc­torate of the Road Traf­fic Ser­vice of­fi­cials have been in the fore­front of this whole­some act,’’ he said.

He said the as­so­ci­a­tion has writ­ten to the FCT min­is­ter five times over the mat­ter and made se­ries of at­tempts to meet him and ad­dress the mat­ter but to no avail, adding that the ac­tion of the FCT in try­ing to phase out tri­cy­cle oper­a­tors will lead to mas­sive un­em­ploy­ment. In his re­mark, the gen­eral sec­re­tary of the ACENige­ria, Emma Ezeazu, said the act of the FCT ad­min­is­tra­tion in clamp­ing down on the tri­cy­cle oper­a­tors was tan­ta­mount to ad­min­is­tra­tive wicked­ness and deny­ing Nige­ri­ans their rights.

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