Urgent Update: Abia State Adjusts Start Date for Keke, Okada Operational Restrictions | #NwokeukwuMascot


Tricycle Operation Time: Last-minute Policy Change Raises Concerns About Foresight, Planning in Abia | #NwokeukwuMascot

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Umuahia, Abia State – The Abia State Government has announced a change in the start date for the planned restriction on the operations of tricycles (Keke) and motorcycles (Okada) within Aba and Umuahia. Initially set to begin on Monday, July 1, 2024, the new enforcement date is now scheduled for August 1, 2024.

Recall that we previously reported on the announcement of restrictions on Keke (tricycle) and commercial motorcycle operations in Aba and Umuahia, set to be enforced from July 1st, 2024, limiting operations to 6:00 AM to 7:00 PM in an effort to combat rising insecurity in the state.

In an unexpected update, Abia State Commissioner for Information, Okey Kanu, announced a rescheduling in what he said was in response to numerous appeals from residents seeking more time to adjust to the upcoming regulations. The restriction will now be enforced between the hours of 7:00 PM and 6:00 AM.

Titled “URGENT PUBLIC ANNOUNCEMENT: UPDATE ON THE RESTRICTION OF TRICYCLES (KEKE) AND MOTORCYCLES OPERATION IN ABA AND UMUAHIA,” Kanu stated that the enumeration and registration of all commercial vehicles, tricycles, and motorcycles within Abia State's transport sector will proceed as planned, starting today, July 1, 2024. He emphasized that this process is a crucial step toward ensuring the successful implementation and enforcement of the new policy.

"This is to inform the general public that the planned   restriction of the operations of Tricycles[ keke] and Motorcycles [Okada]  introduced  by Abia state government    between the hours of 7:00pm and  6:00am billed to start today, Monday, July 1st, 2024 has been shifted to commence on the 1st of August , 2024. However, the enumeration and registration of all commercial vehicles, tricycles and motorcycles in the transport sector in Abia state will commence today as scheduled.

“This adjustment is to  accommodate the numerous pleas by Abians to be  given more time to prepare for the effective implementation and enforcement of the policy." stated Prince Okey Kanu, the Honourable Commissioner for Information and Culture.

However, critics argue that the eleventh-hour change reflects a lack of appropriate planning and foresight by the Alex Otti administration. Residents and stakeholders are urged to comply with the registration process and prepare for the new restrictions, despite concerns over the government’s handling of the situation. 

As Abians brace for the impending policy shift, questions remain about the government’s capacity to implement effective and timely transportation regulations.


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