By Paul Obiajunwo, Port Harcourt
The Rivers State government has banned the operation of tri-cycle riders popularly called Keke Napep in the Port Harcourt metropolis and other four Local Government Areas of the state.
Nelson Jaja, Controller General of Rivers State Road Traffic Management Authority (TIMA-RIV) made this statement today during a traffic sensitization programme in Port Harcourt, Rivers State capital.
Jaja said the state banned tri-cycle operators in the metropolis due to the high volume of traffic offense they commit on a daily basis.
“We have banned the keke operators from Port Harcourt metropolis and four other Local Government Areas in the state. The LGA’s include Obio/Akpor Local Government, Eleme, Oyigbo and Port Harcourt Local Government”, he said.
Our intention is to checkmate the criminal activities of keke operators in the state and to reduce the traffic challenges posed by their activities. We don’t want to see them in these listed environments,” Jaja reiterated.
Meanwhile, he said his organization has warned traders in Port Harcourt to stop trading along the major streets in Port Harcourt. “We will be arresting traders who have converted the major roads to shops; we are saying they should move out of the major roads because apart from it being a traffic offence, it is also very risky and dangerous for the traders.”