By Richard Thomas, Ibadan
The Chairman, Oyo State Road Transport Management Authority (OYRTMA) Dr. Akin Fagbemi has described as falsehood reports that there were protests by commercial tricycles and “Okada” riders over N50,000 fine imposed on violators of the agency law during their operations.
Fagbemi said the agency did not at any time impose on commercial cyclists and other commercial operators fine of N50, 000 for any offence, adding that the information is an attempt to damage the reputable image of the agency.
He said, “This is not part of the agenda of the present government in the state, and this great government will never do anything to endanger the peace and activities of the citizen because it is the government of the people and by the people.”
Speaking at the agency administrative headquarter in Ibadan, Fagbemi said there was nothing of such coming from the agency adding that government has taken necessary steps since last year to educate and sensitize operators and citizens on the benefit of conveying one passenger both on electronics and print media since 2019.
“Despite the awareness by the state government on the issue, the proper way to get Justice is through the law court in which the present administration has put in place for offenders to face starting from January 21 2020.
“Nobody is collecting any money from any tricycle or Okada operators in the State said the Executive Chairman.
“The administration of Engr. Seyi Makinde is for the comfort of the people of Oyo State, if anyone or a body is trying to use anybody to cause unrest in the State, the government will not hesitate to deal with such person,” he added.