Keke Napep operators protest government’s plan to restrict activities in Borno

METRO PLUS

Many feared dead as explosion rocks Benue community [PHOTOS]

Scores have been reportedly killed in a fuel tanker explosion at the Amoke village of Apa Local Government Area in Benue State.

Osun: One dead, children, others injured as masquerades attack Muslims

At least, one person has been confirmed dead while about 12 persons, including children sustained gunshot injuries in a clash that ensued...

4 confirmed dead after car hit six pedestrians in Yola

Four pedestrians have been confirmed dead and two others injured after a car hit them around the Adamawa State capital, Yola.

Two rescued, 12 abducted in Kaduna community

Kaduna Police Command has rescued two persons, while 12 others were abducted by bandits in Kachia local government area of Kaduna State.

Man sets in-law’s house ablaze in Jigawa

A 40-year-old man, Ibrahim Musa has set his in-law’s house ablaze at Kuzoyara village, Birniwa local Government area of Jigawa State.

Tricycles operators in Maiduguri, Borno State Capital on Tuesday took to the highway in protest over planned ban of their activities by the Borno state government.

The protesters were seen gathered around Bukar Bolori roundabout at the city centre chanting ‘Bwama so’ meaning “we don’t want!” in Hausa language.

During the presentation of the 2020 budget at the Borno State House of Assembly, the governor, Professor Babagana Umara Zulum had announced that, by January 2020, the government would restrict activities of Keke Napep operators on major highways in the state to check the congestion being created by the tricycles operators.

TRIBUNEPOINT WEEKLY reports that, with the influx of internally displaced persons to Maiduguri, Borno state capital following destruction of towns and villages by insurgents, thousands of youths have been engaged in riding Keke Napep as a means of their livelihoods.

It was also observed that most of the tricycle operators are either too young to drive on highways or too reckless while driving, which has resulted in many accidents, injuries or death.

Residents of Maiduguri, have often complained of the recklessness of Keke Napep operators, a situation which informed the governor’s decision to restrict their activities.

Although the governor during his speech at the budget presentation promised to continue to support the Keke Napep operators to ensure they have comfortable lives and livelihoods, the Keke operators say the decision by the government is geared toward denying them their rights of legal means of earning money.

Some of them who spoke to TRIBUNEPOINT WEEKLY said, they are worried by the decision to stop their operations on the highway, which informed their protest.

because the decision is going to throw many of them back to misery as most of them have to carry passengers to post office, market and the University where they get more money.

Abdullahi Umar, who spoke on behalf of the protesters said, ” We are not angry with government. The governor is a good person and have us at heart, but we believe some people close to him are misleading him in order to put him in a bad light. We are protesting to call his attention because we believe these are matters that should be discussed with us so that we can better understand the government. “

Sign up to FREE email alerts from Tribunepoint Weekly - Daily News

When you subscribe we will use the information you provide to send you these newsletters. Sometimes they’ll include recommendations for other related newsletters or services we offer. Our Privacy Notice explains more about how we use your data, and your rights. You can unsubscribe at any time.

- Advertisement -

Read Also

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

- Advertisement -

Latest News

BBNaija: Instagram deactivates Pere’s account

Social media gaint, Instagram has deactivated the account of ex-Big Brother Naija shine your eye contestant, Pere. His management,...

I was asked to pay £5,000 to play for Nigeria – Sarki reveals why he chose Haiti

Former Nigeria youth international, Emmanuel Sarki has opened up on why he dumped the country to play for Haiti.

EPL: Mark Lawrenson predicts scorelines for Arsenal vs Crystal Palace, Chelsea, Man Utd, Liverpool games

Mark Lawrenson, a former Liverpool player, has predicted the scorelines of some of the Premier League games that will be played this...

Budget: Despite extra N12 trillion in 7 years, security remains elusive, as education, health suffer

In 2015, President Muhammadu Buhari emerged victorious in the 2015 general election with a promise to end the insurgency threatening Nigeria in...

We won’t condone tarnishing of APC’s image – Alao-Akala warns party members

Former Governor of Oyo State, Chief Christopher Adebayo Alao-Akala has warned members of the party against going on radio or television to...