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Bauchi Assembly decries recklessness of Keke drivers, moves to review law guiding their operations

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The Bauchi State House of Assembly has resolved to review the law establishing the Bauchi State Roads Traffic Agency (BAROTA) to properly capture commercial tricycle operators as well as others not included in the existing law.

This is even as the Assembly decried the recklessness of commercial tricycle riders in the state, lamenting that their recklessness has led to the loss of innocent lives, while many have been maimed and confined to wheelchairs.

This came on the heel of a motion moved at plenary by the Deputy Speaker, Danlami Ahmed Kawule, under matters of urgent public importance, drawing the attention of the House to the high rate of accidents caused by commercial tricycle riders, popularly known as Keke NAPEP, on the highways.

Kawule informed that tricycle drivers’ recklessness had led many people to their graves, adding that many accidents had been caused in Bauchi metropolis and other major towns in the state as a result of the drivers’ recklessness.

“Two days ago, it happened in my presence along Bauchi-Kano highway where a Keke NAPEP caused an accident in which many people died.

“Last week along Gubi road, a Keke NAPEP caused another accident in which six people died. This is happening almost on a daily basis on our highways. These tricyclists should not be allowed on our highways causing accidents,” the Deputy Speaker said.

He called on the House to draw BAROTA’s attention to the development to pay more attention to Keke NAPEP riders and create awareness to tricycle riders on safe driving.

Responding, the Speaker, Abubakar Suleiman, agreed with the House, saying that one can hardly go out without seeing an accident involving a tricycle.

In his contribution on the matter, the member representing, Ganjuwa East constituency, Gazali Abubakar Wunti, submitted that the issue was a serious one, adding that BAROTA should be responsible for regulating tricycle operators.

He said there was the need for commercial tricyclists to undergo minimum training before being issued a license or being allowed to operate on roads in the state.

On his part, the Minority Leader, Bakoji Aliyu Bobbo, called for superior arguments before the House can take a decision and urged his colleague who moved the motion to do more research on the matter with a view to making superior arguments.

He submitted that there was a policy guiding operation of tricycles in the state, adding that this was as a result of the state government banning the operation of Okada riders in the state.

The member representing Disina constituency, Saleh Hodi Jibir, reminded members of a bill before the House on BAROTA, saying that there is the need to review the bill and include some of the prayers contained in the motion moved by the Deputy Speaker.

The bill, according to him, was referred to the House Committee on Works which was working on it before reporting back to the House.

The House then resolved to direct the Committee on Works to carefully study the BAROTA law and see where the pending issues can be included.

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