The Oasis Reporters
March 1, 2018
By Moses Gbande
Plateau state government has been hailed over it’s decision to lift the suspension of operations of Tri-cycles, popularly known as Keke Napep as means of transportation within Jos – Bukuru Metropolis.
The League of Veteran Journalists, Plateau State in a press statement jointly signed by its Chairman, Dr. NDE Gideon Barde and the secretary Hon. Tunde Oladipo said the suspension will go a long way in alleviating the transportation woes of the masses, especially civic servants, students and school children.
The League, however, advised the Chairman and Management team of the Amalgamated Commercial Tricycle and Motorcycle Owners, Repairers and Riders Association of Nigeria ACOMORAN to stand in for its 16,000 riders and dialogue with relevant government agencies like the Federal Roads Safety Corps, FRSC, the Vehicle Inspection Office, VIO, and the Ministry of Transport as well as the Board of Internal Revenue to find a lasting solution to cut down the charges and taxes placed on each tri-cycle and license permit so as not to pass the burden of increased rate fares on to the passengers.
The Senior Journalists condemned the violence that erupted on Monday when tricycle operators embarked on unruly conduct because they were required to pay about N6,800 for their vehicle particulars cum license as well as a compulsory seminar that will quality them to be certified operators of the cycle.
It described the action of the Plateau state government, through the office of the secretary to the state government and signed by the Permanent secretary, Cabinet and special services, Mr Cornelius Shioibial as timely otherwise the action of some of the Keke riders would have been hijacked by hoodlums, thereby truncating the relevant peace enjoyed in the state and other local government areas in the state.
According to the League, they are fully in support of training the tricycle operators as “no society can experience sustained development if it keeps losing its citizen to road accidents by the vehicles.
While calling for the downward review of government charges, it admonished ACOMORAN to commence self sanction of its erring members for molesting passengers and destruction of government property as well as vehicles belonging to the GRSV and private owners since the law is not a respecter of any body.
The League further appealed to taxi drivers and bus drivers as well as owners not to inflate their charges in the interest of the masses.
The Association however commended the appointment of Professor Yohanna Izam as the new Vice Chancellor of the Plateau State University, Bokkos and urged him to keep the university shining by emulating some of the positive steps of his predecessor.
In another development, the League has appealed to citizens of the state to shun political, ethnic and religious differences and put peace and unity before any consideration, so as not to bring disaffection following the postponement of local government elections in the state.
the league observed that Plateau State Independent Electoral Commission, PLASIEC, was right in postponing the election as advised by the state security council, as no amount of time, energy and money spent in the preparedness of the election by the commission or political stakeholders can compensate for the drop of blood of any individual.