By Opeyemi Balogun
Poised with the need to check crime and criminality in the state especially in the transportation sector,the Commissioner
For transport, hon. Joseph Okwoli has tasked the management staff of Okada (motorcycle) and tricycle (keke )riders associations to get a”comprehensive data base” for its Union members.
The commissioner gave the task when he met with the Chairpersons of the unions in his office to discuss the achievements recorded so far,and how they can synergize with the Ministry to achieve its set goals.
Okwoli stated that the meeting is neccesary as parts of measure to curb indiscriminate criminal activities amongst transport officials.
Okwoli who said the government is not resting on its oars to ensure the security of commuters noted that, it is the government’s responsibility to provide security for operators and passengers.
He pointed out that,every form of insecurity is aided by transport, as perpetrators will need to move from one point to the other to carry out their nefarious activities.
In their separate remarks,the chairman,Okada Riders Association,Alh. Jiimbra Ibrahim alongside the chairman, Tricycle Owners Association of Nigeria,Alh.Idris Abdulrahaman noted that,the association is currently carrying out a data base plan to check the day to day activities of its members.
They submitted that kogi is the only state that has enjoyed security since the inception of the present administration.
While promising to intensify efforts towards checking their members,They urged the government to cut down the amount of money being levied on the association, revive their relevance in the state and address their challenges for effective service delivery.
In his closing remarks, the permanent Secretary of the Ministry, Alh. Okeme Jibrail assured the union that every of their challenges will be adequately tackled.