BY GLORIA USMAN, ABUJA – The Tricycle Owners Association of Nigeria (TOAN), on Tuesday frowned at the proposed ban of tricycle operators from entering into major parts of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).
The Association led by its National President, Mr Augustine Apeh, told journalists at a press conference that the proposed ban is most unfair, inhuman and the refusal of the government to take the worsening unemployment and crime rates in the country into consideration.
Apeh specifically said that the FCT administration is only bent on depriving Nigerians who use the tricycle as a means to meet their daily means of livelihood.
He explained that what the FCT administration is planning to do is totally wrong, stressing that the business in Abuja feeds over 40 million people including mechanics, dealers and other artisans. According to him; “This action of the FCTA is going to render these people jobless, this action is going to create more unemployment in the country.
“Some of those who found themselves in this business came from far and wide, most from troubled states that have security issues from banditry and Boko Haran.
“We know what is happening in states, Abuja residents are crying of no jobs. You can imagines what is happening in the states.”
Apeh further said that most of them are fortunate to find these jobs yet, the government that is supposed to create a favourable environment for them to thrive now wants to stop their flow of income.
“This is unacceptable to the owners of the business, who had suffered to put the business together. We call on the FCT administration to give better orientation to their officers, who usually extort monies from the riders.
Apeh said that the entire budget of the FCDA is not enough to buy the tricycles that ply the streets of Abuja.
Also speaking, the Chief Welfare Officer, FCT Commercial Tricycle and Motorcycles Owners and Riders Association (NACTOMRAS), Mr Thomas Danjuma, called on the FCT administration to show human face in the ban of the riders.
Danjuman said government should think of better ways of controlling the group’s activities that would benefit both the owners and the government since they are helping to solve the issue of unemployment in the territory and country at large.