By Anayo Okoli
Umuahiaâ€”ABIA State Government says it has no intention to ban the operations of tricycles, popularly known as â€˜KEKE NAPEPâ€™ in the state.
A statement issued by Governor Theodore Orjiâ€™s Special Adviser, Print Media, Mr. Joshua Ogbonna, said rather than ban tricycles in the state, the Governor will only complement its use with the introduction of buses to alleviate the suffering of the people.
â€œFor some time now, the rumour mill has been agog with the information that Abia State Governor intends to ban the use of tricycles, popularly known as KEKE NAPEB as a means of transportation in the state.
â€œNothing can be farther from the truth. This is the enemies of the state and Ochendoâ€™s government at work. These evil men will stop at nothing until they plunge the state into serious political turmoil.
â€œBased on the foregoing, Abia State Government wishes to state, and unequivocally too, that it has no plans to ban the use of tricycles in the state, that it supports the use of tricycles as a means of transportation and its local fabrication since government has no immediate intention to lift the ban on the use of Okada.
â€œAt different fora, the Governor Orji, had promised the good people of Abia State that he will complement the efforts of the operators of tricycles in the state by bringing in some buses, since the tricycles cannot ply the inter-state roads because of their weight and sizes and the number of passengers they carry,” he said.