It was learnt today that the Imo state governor, Rochas Okorocha is on the move to ban the use of tricycle popularly known as ‘Keke’ in the municipal cities of Owerri in few days time. This happened in less than two days after the Eke-ukwu market destruction saga. We recall that it was in Okorocha’s administration that motorcycles ‘Okada’ were banned in Owerri.
The birth of ‘keke’ in Owerri, gave birth to the ban of motorcyclists operating in the urban areas of Owerri axis, and other parts of Imo state.
The APC led Imo state government despite the higher rate of hunger and economic recession in the state, as well as some other states in Nigeria, coupled with bad roads, waterlogged streets and unfinished projects, has now mandated the tricyclists to dump their ‘keke’ and acquire the taxis, as the use of the former will soon see its death in Owerri.
According to a road user in Imo state who pledged anonymous, he said “we hope he provides and finishes the road projects he is currently working on, because most areas in Imo state do not have good roads”
Another Imo state resident also said; “I hope he wont ban taxi also before his remaining years in power gets over”
According to a facebook post by IfeanyiCy Njoku, the affected seem happy about the development as they were shown the taxis to be used in place of Keke.
Although as at the time of this report, we are yet to get the payment plans for the taxis, as it may not be a freewill donation from the state government.