Daura (Katsina state) July 14 2019 The Daura Local Government Council in Katsina State on Friday distributed 2,000 special crest and identification stickers worth N2.3 million to commercial motorcyclists.
Malam Abba Mato, the council chairman who addressed the beneficiaries in Daura on Friday, said the initiative was aimed at policing the area and to ensure that each commercial cyclist was easily identified.
He said each of the vests bear the registration number of motorcyclist and the name of the rider for easy identification and regularisation of operation of the cyclists.
Mato also said that the programme would cover 500 tricycle operators.
“The programme is intended to cover the 11 wards in the area.
”Each cyclist will pay N1,500 for the vest and N500 for the sticker.
”I urge sister local governments to emulate this programme to secure our people, as most of the crimes are being committed through the use of unregistered motorcycles,’’ he said.
Also speaking, Malam Danladi Me-Mai, the Supervisory Councilor in charge of Revenue, said the initiative would further boost the revenue of the local government and put some control measures on operations of commercial motorcyclists in the area.
He said his office was making efforts to control the instances of carrying passengers outside the designated motor parks, adding that they would collaborate with the NURTW to achieve this, with the support of all stakeholders.
In his remarks, the Emir of Daura, Alhaji Farouk Umar, represented by Alhaji Lawal Haruna, a title holder in the emirate, lauded the efforts of the council in introducing such effective security control and check mechanism.
He assured that the traditional rulers would support the programme to succeed, adding that they would direct all district, village and ward heads to ensure strict adherence to the policy in their respective areas of jurisdictions.
Malam Ibrahim Dikko ,the state Chairman of All Commercial Motorcyclists Association of Nigeria (ACOMORAN), commended the council for the initiative.
He said adequate preparations had been made towards implementing similar policy across the 34 local government councils in the state ,stressing that the policy would help in checking security challenges.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the local government area had recently experienced cases of kidnappings in which the district head of the area, Alhaji Musa Uba was kidnapped in May and is still in captivity, as no contact was established between his captors and his family.