Commercial tricycle operators in Abuja, popularly called Keke NAPEP, at the weekend called on the FCT Minister, Senator Bala Mohammad to allow them operate in Utako, Jabi and Airport areas of the city.
Speaking to newsmen, Chairman of the group, Mr. Muhammad Jikatala, expressed worry over the restrictions of Keke NAPEP operators in some parts of the capital city and appealed to the minister to reconsider the decision due to the number of people who benefit from the business.
“We are begging the FCT minister to do something about it because many of us get our means of livelihood here. We have responsibilities such as wives and children to cater for. If we are stopped from this work, it will cause a lot of problems for us and that is why we are pleading with the authorities.
Even with the introduction of government palliative buses, people still enjoying our services where the presence of the buses cannot be felt,” he added.
Mohammed assured the minister that they would continue to operate within the districts approved for them by the government, while adequate arrangements have been made to address certain mistakes made by Keke NAPEP operators, adding that the members would henceforth be law abiding.