The Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) said it would soon begin the registration and certification of all tricycle and motorcycle operators in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).
Minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Malam Muhammad Musa Bello, who disclosed this during a meeting with officials of the National Commercial Tricycle and Motorcycle Owners and Riders Association (NACTOMORAS), for FCT and the 19 northern states, added that the operators would be allocated designated routes and areas to operate.
Bello frowned that Keke and Okada operators, who are increasingly flooding the Federal Capital City centres have failed to abide by the agreements between them and the relevant secretariats of the administration.
He therefore urged the group to abide by these agreements and restrict their activities to only the approved areas, adding that they must conduct their activities in a way that is acceptable and within the regulations.
Earlier, the director of FCT Directorate of Road Traffic Services (FC-DRTS), Aliyu Bodinga, had disclosed that arrangements have been concluded with the associations to collect the biometric data of all Keke and Okada operators in the FCT.
Bodinga explained that the exercise was meant to have details of members, after which they would be allocated designated zones and areas where they would carry out their operations.
He stated that although the Abuja Master plan did not make provisions for Okada and Keke to operate in the FCT, the administration decided to integrate them into the system by allowing them to operate only in the suburbs and estates, due to the critical position they occupy in the transportation value chain.
In his contribution, the secretary of Transport Secretary, Kayode Opeifa, emphasized the need for law and order in Okada and Keke operations, adding that a city without law and order is a failed city.
Opeifa said the administration would not close its eyes to a situation where operators will take advantage of government’s magnanimity to drive against traffic, as well as ride on highways, endangering the lives of other Nigerians.
He said government is doing everything possible to take care of their interest and lift them to the next level possible by giving them all the needed support.