Keke: Abia Government appeals for support and understanding
Abia State Commissioner For Information, Chief John Okiyi Kalu, has appealed to commuters in the state for patience and understanding regarding the recent reduction in operation time for tricycle (Keke) operators in the state.
He made the appeal in a chat with newsmen who paid him a visit at his Abiriba home during the Easter celebration. According to him, “The state Government is not unmindful of the discomforts being experienced by commuters in Aba and Umuahia as a result of the temporary reduction in operation time for tricycle operators. But as you can understand, this administration has a policy that puts the security of lives and property of Abians above every other consideration. As soon as the post-election security situation stabilizes we will revert to the 9pm time limit or even go beyond that if security agencies in the state so advise.”
On palliative measures taken to ameliorate the situation, he informed that the Ministry of Transport has already engaged the operators of “Inaga Abia” taxis to see how they can temporarily deploy vehicles to the streets as against the existing model of deploying on demand only.
“In addition to that, we wish to appeal to entrepreneurs, within and outside the state, to invest in more transport vehicles such as buses and street taxis to fill the gap as well as provide improved transport systems in the state.