Union President Pledges To Obey Ban on Tricycles
As the Rivers State Government began its clampdown on commercial tricycle operators in some parts of the state, the President of the Rivers Drivers Transport Co-operative Union Ltd, Comrade Binoye Sunday has promised that his members will obey the government order as law abiding citizens and find solutions and relief for its members.
Comrade Sunday who gave the assurance while speaking with our correspondent after their meeting in Port Harcourt, said they were also ready to comply with the order of the Commissioner for Transport, Barr. Osima Ginah to embark on enumeration and tracking of tricycle operators popularly called Keke Napep in some parts of the state.
He however decried the activities of the chairman of Obio/Akpor Local Government Area, Chief Solomon Eke for allegedly imposing illegal fees on Keke riders and drivers plying the area.
He lamented that the council force, members to buy daily ticket and others that have been suspended by the state government, despite efforts by the Commissioner for Transport working with the unions for a peaceful exercise.
He said “we believe that only state governments have the right to enumerate or regulate drivers and riders or other transportation business on the road in the state through their data base that will encompass the 23 Local Government Area of the State,” and urged that the usurpation of the State Government power by the Local Government Council should be addressed and the Chairman called to order.
He said the council should operate within the ambit of the Act that established the Council for a lawful society and government to carrying out the exercise with a human face.