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‘Insecurity, Covid-19 force Bauchi to ban motorcycles’

By Rukayat Akanbi

Bauchi State Governor, Bala Mohammed has said that the ban on motorcycle operations was triggered by insecurity and dreaded Coronavirus pandemic. The state had banned the the use of motorcycles in April 2020 which it is replaced with tricycles to curb the spread of the virus. He said: “Government has banned the operation of Achaba (motorcycles) for the purpose of security and health. In the alternative, the government has started the purchase of 1,000 units of Keke NAPEP to replace the ban.

Governor Mohammed said this while distributing 345 tricycles to beneficiaries of his Kaura Economic Empowerment Programme on Wednesday. He said the development was to assuage the hardship of the ban of motorcycles in the State.

At the distribution ground, he said that the activities of the motorcycles were banned in accordance with the guidelines given by the Nigerian Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) to curb the spread of COVID-19.

Mohammed said that the State has ordered for not less than 1,000 units of Keke NAPEP of which the 345 has been delivered to reduce the transportation challenge. “Ashaba has been banned not because we intend to criminalise poverty, or the ways and means people put food on the table. We are conscious of the poverty in this State and the need to provide some subsistence for our people.”

He said it took the government “a great pain” to sit together with the stakeholders of the State to ban the use of motorcycles statewide temporarily, pending the time Covid-19 is over. The beneficiaries of the tricycles would payback the money instalment through the state ministry of Cooperative and SME in 24 months without interest.

Mohammed announced that similar empowerment programmes were on the pipelines, saying his administration is working on the purchase of commercial vehicles.

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