By Richard Thomas, Ibadan
The chairman, Oyo State Road Transport Management Authority (OYRTMA), Mogaji (Dr) Akin Fagbemi has assured commercial cyclists, tricycles and other operators in the state of friendly rules by the agency, such that will enhance and safeguard their business and operations.
He also affirmed that the state Road traffic Laws by the agency remains intact.
He gave the assurance in a meeting with the Olubadan of Ibaudan land, His Imperial Majesty, Oba Saliu Adetunji Aje Ogungunniso 1, and members of the Olubadan in council on ways to ensure safety among the commercial cyclists in the state.
It will be recalled that on December 2, 2019, the agency came out with the state traffic law which bares commercial cyclists, tricycle operators and others from carrying more than one passengers, while the micra drivers are bared from carrying more than one passengers in the front seat.
The development had sparked the protest, hence the meeting with the Olubadan to find a lasting solution to the issue.
Speaking, the monarch who urged the agency to ensure safety of the people also called for friendly rules and laws that will enhance their operations and cordial relationship of government and the people.
In his submission, the Ekaarun Olubadan of Ibadan land, High Chief Amidu Ajibade said the the road traffic law and rules will enhance safety of the operators and as well promote peace in their business.
Meanwhile, both parties had agreed to use the rest of the year 2019 to give them necessary orientation on the development while enforcement of the law takes effect from year 2020.
Some stakeholders and leaders of the union who spoke at the meeting said the law will bring sanity to the operations of the commercial cyclists and others, just as they urged them to comply with the new rules for their safety and the passengers.
The state chairman of Amalgamated Commercial Motorcycle and Tricycle Association of Nigeria
( ACCOMORAN), Alhaji Saheed Folarin said the law may look harsh, it will forestall peace, safety and progress in the business and operations of members of the Union.
Responding the chairman of the agency, Mogaji (Dr) Fagbemi thanked the Olubadan of Ibadan land Oba Adetunji for his fatherly role at ensuring peace and working understanding between the people and government on the issue.
“I want to thank the Olubadan of Ibadan land for his fatherly roles. We are here to discuss the issues relating to activities and operations of Okada riders, tricycle operators and others especially how we can work together.
“We will continue to educate and enlighten them on things that have to do on the safety of lives and property. We must work together to support the state governor Engr Seyi Makinde in order to move the state and his administration forward.
“The union leaders are here, they know the rules are necessary and very important for safety of the people and themselves. We will continue to relate with them to make the state better.”
” Don’t forget that the Okada riders, the micra drivers and the tricycle operators are our brothers and sisters, that is why we are here to use the local way to resolve the issues for peace to rain.”
According to him, some people may want to use the situation to create issues for the state government but by and large, every body has agreed that the rules and regulations must be followed.
The OYRTMA boss admonished the Okada riders and others that the agency was at the meeting to make life meaningful for them, especially to reduce the rate at which people are being killed and destroyed through unnecessary road accident.
He said it is important to note that peace and development can only thrive when the people cooperate and support the four cardinal areas of governor Seyi Makinde’s administration which include Health, Security, Education and Economy.
Dr. Fagbemi assured that the agency will continue to educate them while enforcement will be friendly.
“The operators have not shown any resistance, but we will continue to tell them what they need to know. Their leaders have spoken in support of the rules and laws of the agency, we will continue to engage them and do the needful for the rest of this year after which the enforcement takes effect from year 2020.”