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FG moves to sanitise commercial cycle riders operations across states

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Minister of State for Transportation, Sen. Gbemisola Saraki PHOTO: Twitter

Minister of State for Transportation, Senator Gbemisola Saraki, has restated the Federal Government’s commitment to collaborate with respective state governments to sanitise the operations of commercial and tricycle operations in Nigeria.

Senator Saraki, who disclosed this while playing host to the National President, Amalgamated Commercial Motorcycle Riders Association of Nigeria (ACOMORAN), Adebayo Samsideen Apelogun, and other executive members in Abuja, said the Ministry would also continue to collaborate with the Association to transform and ensure global standardization of the transport sub-sector.

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She said: “The Ministry will collaborate with the association to regulate and transform the sector positively.

“We will consider the association in the disbursement of the N10 billion palliative for Transport sector operators. We would ensure we create an enabling environment for manufacturing investors to site plants in Nigeria.”

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Responding, Apelogun urged the Federal Government to phase out rickety motorcycles on the roads by providing soft loans for the acquisition of new ones, noting that despite careless riding by some motorcycle operators, which led to the loss of lives, scrapping this means of transportation was not necessary to transform the transport sector.

He enjoined the government to look into the possibility of providing dedicated special lanes for commercial motorcycles just like the BRT experience, instead of scrapping the operation of commercial motorcycles.

He assured the Minister that the body is ready to work with the Ministry to ensure she succeeds and makes an impact that will stand the test of time.

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