‘Why we want to register motorcycle operators’

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The Ondo State Government has revealed its intention to start registration of private and commercial motorcyclists or tricyclists due to complaints from the public on their unruly behaviour.

Speaking with journalists at the Governor's office in Akure yesterday, Senior Special Assistant (SSA) to the state Governor on Special Duties and Strategy, Dr Doyin Odebowale said the operation of both commercial motorcyclists and tricyclists in the state was negative.

He explained that the decision to register the motorcyclists came as a result of Governor Akeredolu's suspension of the state executive of Commercial Motorcyclists and Tricycle Association (COMTRA).

"We have received many complaints from the public on the unruly behaviour of the operators, while many of the motorcyclists are not registered.

"Hence, from Monday, we will start registration of both private and commercial motorcyclists or tricyclists in Irele Local Government. There will be a time limit.

"After the time limit, we will ensure that any motorcyclist or tricyclist not duly registered will not be allowed to use our roads.

"We are not unaware of the difficulties encountered when an exercise as this is undertaken," he said.

The measure, according to him, is to put a lid on different atrocities associated with Okada riders and ensure security of lives and property in the state.

He said no unregistered motorcyclist or tricyclist will be allowed to either ply the road or operate in the state, saying the government will insist on due registration.

Also speaking, the Senior Special Assistant (SSA) to the State Governor on Information Communication Technology (ICT), Mr Olumbe Akinkungbe, said the residency card introduced by the past government will be reactivated for the effectiveness of the registration.

He said the former 'Kaadi Igbeayo' which will now be addressed as the 'Ondo Residency Card', will capture the users biodata and would as well, have a space for the registration number of the motorcycle or tricycle owner.

"It is not just for commercial purposes only, private users too are not excluded. The card which has the biodata of the user, will not be transferable to another person, because it will only reveal the details of the owner whenever inserted into the card reader.

"It will be a unique identifier of the original owner of the motorcycle or tricycle which will only be known to us and the security agencies and will also limit cases of forgery and duplication of the cards which now have security imprint in them", he said.

Akinkungbe hinted that the state government will deploy its agents with the Data Capturing Machine to all the local government areas, after those affected shall have been sensitized on places to go and get registered.

The SSA said those who already have the card, will pay the amount of N500, while those who have not got the card before will pay N1, 000 to a certain bank account that would be released when the exercise commences, or to bank officials that would be present at the point of registration.

He added that the registration exercise will begin by next Monday, and every rider is expected to get registered within two weeks or risk sanction.

Others present at the briefing are Director of Finance and Administration (DFA), Ondo State Ministry of Transport, Mrs Tolu Adeyemi and a member of the fact-finding committee on the operation of commercial motorcycles and tricycles in the state, Evang. Festus Obasooto.

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