Following the rumor that commercial tricycles (Keke) were last week banned from plying major roads in Aba and Umuahia, the Abia State Government has formally denied the reports.
The Commissioner for Information, Abia State, Chief John Okiyi Kalu, in a statement said the government was seriously concerned about the unruly behavior of some Keke operators who have practically converted every road and street corner into illegal parking and loading areas, thereby grossly impeding free flow of traffic.
The Commissioner made it clear that the government was worried about the continued flagrant disregard for traffic rules generally, but not limited to operating without the necessary permits, driving against traffic, overloading, over-speeding, disregard for authorised traffic controllers etc, by the Keke operators.
Kalu warned and directed leaders of the various Keke Unions in the state to immediately work with the Ministry of Transport to ensure that Keke parks and loading areas are identified and properly designated along major roads and streets, urging them to ensure that there is total compliance with general traffic rules.
According to him, “The various Unions are hereby given 2 weeks to ensure total compliance or risk drastic measures from the state government.”
In addition he disclosed that the State Governor, Okezie Ikpeazu, was desirous of ensuring that all citizens get full value from the ongoing urban renewal initiative of his administration without any individual or group constituting an impediment to its full realization.