By Suzan Edeh
Bauchi—In compliance with the directive of the Federal Government on the use of crash helmets by motorcyclists in the country, Bauchi State government has procured 10,000 crash helmet to be given to commercial motorcyclist in the state free-of-charge.
It was disclosed that since Okada business was one of the source of livelihood among many youths, the state government has deemed it fit to support the transport sector in the state, thereby boosting its economy.
Bauchi State Governor, Mallam Isa Yuguda, who made the disclosure at the official launching of crash helmet in Bauchi, said the reason the state government procured the crash helmets was because it was concerned about the safety and well being of its citizens in the state and also to reduce the high rate of accidents among motorcyclists.
Represented by the State Deputy Governor, Alhaji Babayo Gamawa, the governor said plans are on the way by the state government to establish a National Technology Centre that would engage in the production of crash helmets, instead of it going outside the state to purchase them.
He said in order to boost the transport sector in the state, Bauchi State government also plans to purchase an additional 1,000 tricycles, (Keke NAPEP) before the end of the year. This according to him, would provide more job employment opportunities to youths in the state.
The Governor added that, “the first 500 tricycles has been supplied to the state and would be distributed to residents in the state on loan, while the second batch of tricycles, which is also 500 in number would be distributed to the Association of Motorcyclist Riders. The state government in this regard, has donated one ambulance, 20 eighteen seater bus to Yankari Motor Park and has renovated the driving school in the stateand equipped the school with vehicles, in addition to it plans to renovate vehicle inspection office in Azare”.
The governor, who advised the commercial motorcyclist in the state to observe traffic rules and regulation on the road, further urged the beneficiaries to make judicious use of the crash helmet.
Also speaking at the occasion, the Special Adviser to the Governor on education and societal orientation, Mallam Salisu Shehu, commended the state government for the introduction of tricycles in the state, saying the people in the state has benefitted immensely from its services, particularly married women, children and farmers.
Salisu who said that the use of tricycles have greatly eased the transport problems of the residents in the state, pleaded with the state government to supply the state with more tricycles because of its economic benefits.
Receiving the crash helmets on behalf of the beneficiaries, the chairman of Acaba and Special Adviser to the Governor on transport, Alh. Abubakar Adamu , thanked the state government for the gesture, with a promise to make good use of the crash helmets.