Operators decry ban of tricycles in P-Harcourt

By EGUFE YAFUGBOHI

PORT HARCOURT—OPERATORS of commercial tricycles, also known as Keke, in Rivers State, are worried that the plan to extend the ban on the vehicle to outskirts of Port Harcourt metropolis will render many persons jobless and pose a threat to peace and security in the state.

The state Chairman of Keke Owners and Riders Association of Nigeria, KORAN, Mr. John Ademola, in statement in Port Harcourt, appealed to the Rivers State Government to reconsider the extended ban on their operations because of its attendant consequences on its members and the society at large.

He said: “A significant percentage of Nigerians have gained meaningful employment in the keke business with many acquiring skills on assembling, repairs and other services, in addition to the actual riders. The teeming riders and all other benefiting stakeholders need encouragement and not ban, which could push those that would be displaced into unlawful acts to survive.”

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