An advocate has arisen against the ban commercial motorcyclist and tricyclist in some parts of the country
And the person is none other than, the Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi. He has called on the states and local governments in Nigeria to integrate or even regulate them into their transportation plans, rather than outright ban of motorcycle and tricycle.
The plea came during the inauguration of the state secretariat of Amalgamated Commercial Tricycle and Motorcycle Owners Repairs and Riders Association of Nigeria.
Amaechi was represented by Deputy Director, Mass Transit Administration, in the ministry, Foluke Oni.
The Minister acknowledged contribution of motorcycle and tricycle operations to nation building and development, adding that they serve as primary means of transportation in some communities in the country.
He said that it was rational to allow the citizenry choose any means of transportation that suited them.
He, however, advocated for continuous use of helmets by motorcycle riders, training and re-training as well as insurance for motor cyclists, tricylists and the users to guarantee safety on the roads.
He said, “There is need for states and local governments to integrate these tricycles and motorcycles operations into their mode of transportation and should begin to think more on how to enhance their operations rather than thinking of phasing them out.”