BY VINCENT UJUMADU, Awka
IT was cheers and dancing in Onitsha on Monday as no fewer than 500 operators of Keke NAPEP in the commercial city were treated to free maintenance of their Keke tricycle by officials of Wisdom Auto Technical (Nig) Ltd, dealers and suppliers of Indian –made Keke 205 model.
The event, which took place at the Onitsha South local government stadium, also featured the presentation of gifts to operators who were successful in a raffle draw conducted during the ceremony.
Onitsha was the second city in the South East where similar event had taken place. Earlier, the team had conducted the exercise in Owerri, Imo State where more than 200 Keke operators were educated on how to care for their Keke tricycle.
While in Onitsha, officials of the distribution company trained many Keke mechanics on how to service the tricycle and service free of charge for the operators who participated at the enlightenment programme. They were also taught how to identify genuine engine oil and Keke spare parts which, they said, were largely available in all markets in the country.
The company has also engaged the services of vulcanizing operators for the cleaning of Keke filters at a daily stipend of N2000 per machine.
The manager in charge of international marketing for BAJAJ, Mr. Sudhir Kamath, who addressed the operators, said the decision to bring the service of their Keke 205 was to appreciate them for choosing the model, explaining that with the training of the mechanics, they would no longer face the problem of frequent breakdown of their tricycles.
He said: “We know that we will not be in business without you and that is why we cannot afford to overlook your challenges. We are happy that Keke 205 is very popular here in Onitsha and we will always ensure that your interests are protected so that your tricycle will always be on the road. Our advice is that you should endeavour to use genuine spare parts and engine oil for your Keke to make your engine last long.”