BEVERLY HILLS, March 29, (THEWILL) – Governor of Oyo State, ‘Seyi Makinde, on Friday, commissioned the Ultra-Modern Okada and Tricycle (otherwise known as Keke NAPEP) Loading Points in Ibadan, the state capital.
The governor, who addressed Keke and motorcycle riders at Agodi Gate area, venue of the event, said that the loading points would facilitate easy transportation of residents in the state capital.
While addressing Okada and Keke riders, who gathered at the Agodi Gate Junction, Ibadan, the governor said that his administration will not ban the activities of Okada riders but that it would re-organise and coordinate them to conform with modern ways of doing transport business.
He maintained that when properly organised, it would be easy to differentiate individuals doing other businesses from commercial motorcycles and tricycles riders.
He also enjoined Keke and Okada riders to do away with those using Okada and tricycles to commit different crimes.
The governor explained that the loading points were designed as a pilot scheme, adding that if the units are used judiciously, the initiative will be replicated throughout the state.
He said: “You motorcyclists and tricyclists are part of those who made this government come into place and the government has decided to come up with this pilot project.
“We want a situation whereby those who want to use Okada or tricycles won’t have to stay under the sun or be disturbed by the rain as the rainy season is fast approaching.
“We also want you to be coordinated and organised. I already told the people in charge to install solar lights here so that you can all do your businesses comfortably at night.
“We don’t want to ban Okada and tricycles in the state but there must be regulation.
“So, what we want you to do is for you to get yourselves organised.