Keke Napep riders begin strike in Jos

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Many passengers have been stranded while others walked long distances to board vehicle in Jos, the Plateau state capital as tricycle riders embarked on a strike action to force a reversal of a policy that demands them to pay N5, 800 for a compulsory seminar that will qualify them for license.

Plateau State Chairman, Amalgamated Commercial Tricycle and Motorcycle Owners, Repairers and Riders Association of Nigeria (ACOMORAN), Alh. Abdullahi Shehu Sarki told Daily Trust that the State government through the Ministry of Transport and a private organisation had demanded that all tricycle riders register N5, 800 for a two day seminar following which they will be issued certificates to qualify them for license.

Sarki said their members had rejected the policy on the grounds that the price was too exorbitant. He however said the association will sit with government representatives before the end of the day to chart a way forward.

A resident, Ibrahim Idris, told Daily Trust that he had trekked from Tudun Wada to NTA at Yakubu Gowon Way where he boarded a bus going to British America along Murtala Mohammed Way.

“It is not easy because keke is very important they enter places taxis and busses don’t ordinarily venture. The government should settle this with them,” he said.