Senior Special AssistantÂ Â to the President and National Coordinator, National Poverty Eradication Programme, NAPEP, Dr Magnus L Kpakol has assured operators of the three-wheeler commuter vehicles known as KEKE NAPEP of the support of his Agency in their fight to remain relevant in the intra-city commuter service in Abuja.
The NAPEP Boss told the visiting officials of the Association of KEKE NAPEP Operators in Abuja who reeled out their grievances that, according to them, negate the objectives of government for the scheme.
The Association executives, who called on the NAPEP Chief Executive complained that they were being hunted by the Abuja Environmental Agency, the Vehicle Inspection Office in addition to the threat by the authorities of the FCT Ministry to ban Keke NAPEP operation in the city.
They also told Dr Kpakol of the deliberate denial of licenses to Keke operators by the imposition of license fee of between N25,000 and N30,000 which they said was far above their capacity.
The visiting officials further complained of their lack of recognition in Abuja and called on the National Coordinator to intercede on their behalf by ensuring that the FCT authority grants them their own parking lots within or near the city markets in the FCT:
They assured the government that their members would avoid any form of rancor or avoidable clashes between markets authorities and Keke operators.
They appealed to the FCT Minister and NAPEP National Coordinator to facilitate the allocation of a space to serve as mechanical workshop where new KEKEs could be assembled and repaired with minimum difficulties.
They suggested that government allows them to operate on all the Markets routes within the city and along old Federal Secretariat through to the Federal Ministry of Works on the Mabushi axis.
The NAPEP National Coordinator, Dr Magnus Kpakol promised to convey their concerns to the FCT Minister Sen. Bala Mohammed Kaura, with a view to finding appropriate solutions to their problems.