By: Alfred Saiki,
Plateau State Government has suspended the operation of Commercial Tricycle (popularly called Keke Napep) operation in Jos-Bukuru Metropolis till further notice.
According to the State’s Government press release dated Monday, 26th February, 2018, signed by Mr. Cornelius Shioibial, the Permanent Secretary, Cabinet and Special Services, for the Government of the State, the suspension of their activities commence today, 26th February, 2018.
You would recall the REALITY had reported that, Commuters woke up today to the rude shock of having to walk to work or wait for the few taxis available in Jos the capital of Plateau state, as they were left stranded because operators of tricycles (popularly called “keke NAPEP”) in Jos protested the payment of Training Fee by the Vehicle Inspection Office (VIO).
The protest which was peaceful as “keke” operators, were seen moving around with leaves on their “keke” in solidarity. This peaceful protest was however disrupted when some aggrieved members took the protest to the state VIO office on Ahmadu Bello way in Jos.
The aggrieved “keke” operators and members of the VIO to the surprise of passer byes were involved in stone throwing at each other. It had to take the intervention of security agencies around to bring the situation under control.
To further give confidence to the state of peace in the state, the state government through the press release has advised the general public to go about their lawful businesses, “as security agencies are advised to take note of the suspension.”