By Richard Thomas, Ibadan
Oyo state governor, Engineer Seyi Makinde, has reduced the daily fee levy on Okada riders and Tricycle operators in the state from N200 to N100 daily.
It will be recalled that the state government had earlier announced the sum of N200 as levy on all commercial motorcyclists and tricyclists in the state.
Meanwhile, the state Commissioner for Public Works, Infrastructure and Transportation, Professor Raphael Afonja, while briefing newsmen on the latest development said governor Makinde took the decision after considering the working condition of the commercial motorcyclists and tricyclists in the state.
The commissioner said that the revenue collectors would be at every park from tomorrow morning to commence work, urging the commercial motorcyclists and tricyclists to cooperate with them.
According to him, the move was also aimed at controlling the influx of commercial Motorcyclists into the state, adding that the government will in due course, issue Rider’s card to all registered commercial Motoryclists in the state so as to identify registered commercial Motoryclists from criminal elements who are using motorcycle to perpetrate evil acts.
“We were able to find out that the Governor was not properly briefed and informed. So, I want to apologise to the unions and other stakeholders who are involved in the amount earlier fixed. The Governor was not in support of this increase in the revenue collection from 100 to 200 Naira. So, the Governor has instructed me to pass this information on that his goal is to ensure that people’s money remains in their pockets to take care of their families.
“So, he has gracefully reduced this fee from 200 Naira to 100 Naira. He also believes that this change will trickle down to the people who are in the markets; and will help people and their families. As we all know, there are a lot of things the Governor has turned down recently.
“Commercial motorcyclists and tricyclists will be paying N100 to a revenue consultant daily and this will commence tomorrow morning (Friday).
“ln addition to that, we have met with all in the quarries to include the union people. They are excited, understanding that the fact that the governor has listening ears. The Governor met with them physically. He understands their cry and he has assured them of his support.”