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OYRTMA Boss, Fagbemi Assures Commercial Cyclists, Others on Friendly Rules…..Says Road Traffic Laws Intact

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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.”

 

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