By Hassan Umar Shallpella, Maiduguri
To enhance security and check criminal activities in Adamawa state, the government has commenced registration of tricycles (Keke NAPEP) with the state Ministry of Transport, with over twenty thousand tricycles operating in the twin towns of Jimeta and Yola alone.
The exercise will involve biometrics of owners and operators of the tricycles (Keke NAPEP) while the tricycles will be given new registration numbers.
Flagging off the exercise, Governor Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri said the measure will encourage proper documentation of licenses as well as increase revenue generation on the part of the government.
The exercise is an additional input to the government as a source of generating revenue while reducing criminal activities in the state.
Represented by the Commissioner in the Ministry of Transport, Mustafa Jika, the governor said the event marked a milestone in the history of the state.
He noted that the government recognizes the contributions of tricycle riders in the economic development of the state, describing the venture as a lucrative business as well as employer of labour.
In a remark, the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Transport, Barr Ashanti Anamze noted that the initiative was planned to take off more than four years ago, but is being actualized now as a result of strong backing received from the governor.
The registration exercise will regulate operations of the tricycles as they would be allocated routes in line with transportation policies of the state government.
The governor has approved the establishment of an Information Communication Technology (ICT), to register and store data to be shared by other relevant security agents for security purposes,” he said.
State Chairman of the Tricycle Amalgamated Union, Audu called for enlightenment of tricycle operators to ensure smooth commencement of the programme.