INSECURITY : Kogi registers 10, 000 Commercial motorcycles, Trycycles.
In its commitment to rid the state of all forms of crimes and criminality, Kogi State Government has begun the biometric registration of all the operators of Motorcycles popularly known as Okada and Trycycles (Keke NAPEP) across the state.
Speaking with Journalists at the Internal Revenue Service KIRS designated registration centre in Lokoja on Monday , the state Security Adviser Commander Jerry Omadara,Rtd said the registration of commercial motorcycles and Trycycles operators in Kogi State was a new innovation approved by Kogi State Governor Yahaya Bello to curb issue of insecurity associated with the sector.
According to him, over 4,000 Trycycles are expected to be captured while over 6,000 commercial Motorcycles would also be captured to improve security of lives in the state.
“We have involved all the critical stakeholders in the transport business to see the benefits of the registration to the state and to their various unions. The registration will provide data for the state to enable government track down any stolen vehicles, motorcycles and tricycles.
“The data base can also be used to provide quality healthcare to the operators through the State Health Insurance Scheme of the State” he said.
Also speaking on the significance of the exercise, the Acting Chairman , Kofi Internal Revenue Service KGIRS Mallam Yusufu Abubakar , disclosed that the process of registering each and every members of commercial transporters would availed the Service the opportunity to have their data while it will enable the government to know the number of transporters operating within the confine of the state .
The Acting Chairman who stated that the registration would be carried out across the three senatorial districts of the State, urged passengers that patronise the commercial transporters to try and memorise the numbers assigned to the transporters to ease tracking whenever the need arises.
He advised the commercial transporters in the state to come and register within the stipulated period of two weeks, stressing that whoever refused to do would not be able to operate in the state and such offenders would be penalize.