Maiduguri Keke NAPEP Riders Strike Cripples Commercial Activities

Maiduguri Keke NAPEP Riders Strike Cripples Commercial Activities
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By Hassan Jirgi, Maiduguri

Activities were crippled in Maiduguri, the Borno state capital, due to the ongoing strike action by the  commercial tricycles riders which commenced on Wednesday .

Many passengers were stranded while children had to walk for long distances to schools.

A female student at 1000 Estate housing, said she walked for a long distance to school.

Our correspondent who monitored how the strike is affecting bussines activities in the metropolis, gathered that  people of all categories were left stranded while others trecked to their places of work, especially students and  many civil servants who had no means of acquiring  private mobility.

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One of the drivers along Baga Road, Babagana Modu, said drivers paid N100 to the revenue officials as tax daily but “if payment is made after the stipulated time, an additional cost will apply as fine and if you cannot pay, they seize your key.

Another members of Keke Napep, said they harass us over dress code; if you wear a sleeveless top, for example, you will not be allowed to work that day.

“The tax collectors go the extra mile to ask for driver’s licence, which is not part of their responsibilities.”

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Yagana Mustapha, passenger, who had an eatery near Gambori road market, said most of her customers “did not turn up for breakfast at 8am due to the ongoing strike action by Keke drivers.”

A staff of the road traffic agency who pleaded anonymity told  AljazirahNigeria that, “It is true that some of our people extort from the trycles operators unnessessarily, which forced them to embark on strike in order to ensure that excellent resolution is done between the police and the operators.

Speaking to our correspondent, some people who trekked to their destinations  called on the Borno State Government’ to settle the matter in order to ensure that normalcy
returns to the city in terms of transportation.

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Similarly, a government official who also pleaded that his name should not be mentioned  told  our correspondent that it is  time for Borno State Government to reduce the number of tricycle operators because they are too many while some of them specialize in criminal activities.

Efforts to get local government, Borno officials to respond to the allegations were not successful.


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