Enugu, April 13, 2020
The Enugu State Government has directed commercial tricycle operators in the state, popularly known as `Keke riders’, to limit their operating time between 6 a.m. and 7 p.m. daily.
The Secretary to the Enugu State Government, Prof. Simon Ortuanya, made this known in a statement made available to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Enugu on Monday.
He said that the directive takes effect from Monday evening, April 13.
“The decision was in furtherance of the state government’s efforts to sustain its robust response to contain the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) in the state as well as provide maximum security for residents.
“The earlier Executive Order issued by His Excellency, the Governor, that every ‘Keke operator’ should carry a maximum of two passengers at a time remains in force.
“Any Keke operator found in contravention of the above directive shall be apprehended by the security agencies and dealt with according to the law,’’ Ortuanya said,
The Association of Tricycle Riders Transport Union (ATRTU), Enugu State, had reminded its members about the directive by the Enugu State Government that commercial tricycle operators in the state should be carrying two passengers only.
The directive that tricycle riders should not operate beyond the state’s land boundaries is also still in force.
A statement by the Chairman and Secretary of the association, Comrade Benjamin Ejiofor Ikah and Comrade Pius N. Ezugwu, respectively, said the reminder was “sequel to security reports that some tricycle operators have started carrying more than two passengers and are also operating beyond the state’s land boundaries in total defiance of the state government’s orders”.
According to the statement, “these ugly acts are capable of sabotaging the cherished and tireless efforts of our dear Governor, His Excellency, Rt. Hon. Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, in containing the spread of this deadly virus” .
The Union, therefore, warned “those involved in these acts to immediately desist from them by carrying only two passengers and stop operating close to or beyond the boundaries”.
It disclosed that “furthermore, our taskforce has been directed to apprehend and hand over to the police any tricycle operator caught violating the government’s directives in this regard”.