Ban Of Motorcycle: Eket Council Set To Offer 50 Mini Buses For Commercial Cyclist Operators
In a move to ease the difficulties associated with the recent ban of commercial motorcyclists in Eket Urban, the chairman, Association of Local Government of Nigeria (ALGON), Mr Frank Archibong, has promised to give 50 mini buses to operators.
Mr Archibong said the move is aimed at ameliorating the suffering of commuters in oil city of Eket, Akwa Ibom State.
Archibong made the promise while interacting with commercial cyclists in Eket Local Government Council and its environs in Eket Local Government Council.
He said that the provision of the 50 mini buses would be Public Private Partnership (PPP) with the banks in the area.
Archibong said that the 50 mini buses would be the first phase of the donation while others would subsequently followed.
“On Monday, Septemebr 30 we started to take delivery of the first batch of 50 mini buses that will ply Eket to ameliorate the suffering of the people.
“We have also discussed with other bus operators in Uyo to bring their buses to Eket to solve problem of transportation in Eket,” he said.
The ALGON chairman noted that most crime committed in Eket was aided with the operators of motorcyclists also called Okada.
He said that the state government banned commercial cyclists due to incessant crime committed with the use of cyclists in the area.
Archibong who is also the chairman of Eket Local Government Area, explained that no going back on the banned of commercial cyclists in the area.
He said that any commercial cyclists caught after 6 p.m. would face the wrath of the law.
“The last time the decision to ban cyclist in Eket was taken, it was rescinded for adjustment, but instead, the crime is escalating, it is getting heavier and stronger than it were.
“I stand to be corrected, 90 per cent of this crime, is either carried out or aided by the cyclist operators.
“I want to use this opportunity to thank the governor for making the pronouncement” Archibong said.
He lamented that the security situation in the local government area had degenerated so much that people are leaving Eket in droves.
“A lot of people that built their houses in Eket to stay and raise their families, are now selling off or renting them out and move to Uyo.
“Investors are running away. I had reasons to meet with three persons that wanted to come to Eket to open a large scale retail shops, but upon hearing the security situation, jettisoned the idea.
“These are the things I would not want to continue here in my local government area,” he said.
The council boss lamented that the incessant phone snatching and bag theft from market women, traders and young girls, would be reduced with the ban on the cyclist operators.
The chairman assured Eket people that very soon the present condition would be a thing of the past, and would become a normal thing as it is now in Ikot Ekpene and Uyo.
It could be recalled that the Akwa Ibom Police Command had on September 26, 2019 banned commercial cyclists operations between 6p.m and 6a.m daily in Eket to checkmate criminal activities in the area.