By Kolawole Olayinka, Abeokuta
In-line with state government directives on COVID-19, the motorcycle unions in Ogun State have inaugurated a joint task force that will arrest violators who convene more than one passenger and refuses to use nose cover.
This was contained in communiqué jointly signed by State Chairman, Amalgamated Commercial Motorcycle Owners and Riders Association of Nigeria (ACOMORAN), Mr. Kayode Sowunmi ; Articulate Motorcycle Owners and Riders Association, AMORAN, Otunba Aina Nurudeen and State Chairman, Riders and Owners of Motorcycles Organization (ROMO), Hon. Sotayo Rasaq on Sunday.
The State Chairman explained that the ACOMORAN expressed its decision to jointly establish a task force with the AMORAN, and the ROMO in the state.
According to him, “Being a committed association that is abide with law and order in the society, we wish to state that our decision to jointly establish a task force is borne out of the many reports we have received about commercial motorcycle operators who disregard government directives on the number of passengers to convey at a time and the use of nose covers”.
He said the associations have reached out to commercial motorcycle operators in Ogun State on the need to obey government directives in order to slow the advance of the Covid-19 pandemic.
He explained that,“we have resolved to take a bold step by embarking on the journey to enforce these directives to support the efforts of the government in its fight against the spread of the pandemic.
“We have confidence that the decision is to jointly establish a task force was in a right step direction as Ogun has recorded a total of 586 positive cases as against a total number of 316 on the 4th of June, which represents an increase of 270 or over 85 per cent in just 14 days, a development which has promoted His Excellency, the Governor of Ogun State, Prince Dapo Abiodun revisit the directives issued to commercial motorcycle operators to enforce compliance.
“We give our assurance to the government that we shall continue to play our part as an Association with a high degree of consciousness for societal growth and development.
In addition, Hon. Rasaq also charged all motorcyclists in Ogun state to be law-abiding citizens and shun any illegal vices that might be detrimental to the reputation of the organization.
He warned that any member of ROMO found breaching the rule of law in the State shall be dealt with appropriately.
While commended the relentless efforts of His Excellency Prince Dapo Abiodun, led-administration in the fight against the spread and curtail COVID-19 pandemic in Ogun state.
He also urged all residents in the state to follow the lockdown directives as provided by the State Government which included the preventive measures against the Virus which are washing of hands for at least 20 seconds, use of hand sanitizer, and compulsory use of the face mask and maintaining social distancing.
Sotayo also advised the ROMO members to adhere to the directive of State Government which stated an Okada rider must not carry more than one passenger at a trip.
He said, “I want to use this medium to urge our members to adhere strictly to the guidelines of the government in carrying of one passengers per motorcycle and the use of facemasks.
“We as a union will not tolerate any form of defiance from our members. Strict actions will be taken on any members that fail to follow these simple guidelines.
“Being safe, wearing face masks and maintaining social distancing is for our own good. Together we can win the war against COVID-19.”