Yahaya Bello bans Okada, tricycles from Kogi highways

Kogi State Governor Yahaya Bello
Kogi State Governor Yahaya Bello

Kogi State Governor Yahaya Bello has banned tricycle and motorcycle operators locally known as Keke and Okada respectively from operating on the highways.

Mobile courts have also been constituted to prosecute defaulters of the new order expected to take effect on January 17.

Commissioner for transportation Baron Joseph-Okwoli in a communiqué on Saturday said, “The restriction was part of far-reaching decisions made after extensive stakeholders’ meetings on Wednesday and Friday to address the issue of incessant accidents and the need for free flow of traffic on Kogi township roads.

“The stakeholders meeting and deliberations were in tandem with the policy of the Ministry of Transport to strategise and map out plans and programmes to ensure smooth operations by road users and safety of commuters.

“It’s expected that every tricycle must be coded and branded in line with the designated area of operation before plying the highways again.

“All tricycle operators must guide against overloading, speeding and must ensure that their left sides are barricaded with iron rod to guide against any accidental fall on the road.

“Tricycle and okada riders shall ensure that both left and right side mirrors are firmly fixed.”

The commissioner added that all tricycle and Okada operators shall ensure that all necessary valid documents are collected and produced on demand for inspection.

Similarly, articulated long vehicles operating within the state have been directed by the government to observe minimal speed limits in driving around residential areas.

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