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Enugu govt introduces e-permit for tricycle operators

Enugu govt introduces e-permit for tricycle operators - tricycle operators, Enugu govt, e-permit

By Patrick Egwu
The Enugu State gov­ernment has intro­duced e-riders per­mit for both private and commercial motorcycles and tricycle (Keke) operators to serve as driving licence in the state.
The Commissioner for Transport, Mr. Vitus Oke­chi, disclosed this in Nsuk­ka during the opening of the zonal office of the ministry, adding that the e-riders per­mit was in fulfillment of the state government’s promise to reduce the cost of license for commercial motorcycles and in the state. The commissioner represented by the Perma­nent Secretary, ministry of transport, Ogbonna Idike, explained that the e-riders permit will serve as driver’s licence for both private and commercial keke and motor­cycles operators in the state.

He said operators of tri­cycles /motorcycles were ex­pected to pay N6,000 for the e-riders permit to be renewed after three years, saying that the state government consid­ered the request and plea of commercial motorcycle oper­ators to ameliorate their suf­ferings in paying N18, 000 for driving licence.

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“Operators of both com­mercial and private motor­cycles who by September 27 fail to obtain the e-rider per­mit stand the risk of having his keke impounded by the state government.”

The commissioner said the riders permit has special se­curity number for all opera­tors of tricycle and motorcy­cles in the state that would help security agencies trace operators in cases of any al­legation of crime and other related vices.

“The e-rider permit, ap­proved by Enugu State Ex­ecutive Council has been communicated to all security agencies in the state to avert clashes of interest over vehi­cle licence and e-rider per­mit,” he said.

In a remark, Mr. Benjamin lkah, chairman, Enugu State Association of Tricycle Rid­ers, commended Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi for grant­ing the request of the associ­ation for riders permit since many of the riders cannot af­ford N18,000 for the driving licence.

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“I have directed my mem­bers in the state to ensure they obtain the e-riders per­mit for N6,000 instead of N18,000 together with the security implications asso­ciated with commercial mo­torcyclists, keke operators, among others,” he said.

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