The government of Abia state, says it has not banned the operation of commercial tricycle popularly called Keke Napep in the state.
John Okiyi Kalu, the Abia State Commissioner for Information, made this known during a media chat with journalists in Aba on Friday.
Concise News reports that the rumour on the ban gained momentum following the introduction of Abia Easy Taxi Scheme” an allegation which Kaludebunked.
Speaking on the development, the commissioner said: “We consider the operation of commercial tricycles an integral part of our ever improving transport system in the state and we have no plan to ban or restrict their operations to rural areas as being rumoured, We believe they render essential services to a key segment of commuters in the state just like taxis and buses operating within the state also serve other different segments”.
Kalu called on Keke operators and members of the public to ignore the rumors which according to him “must have emanated from desperate political actors in the state who are intimidated by the widely acclaimed top performance of the Ikpeazu administration and have since resorted to spreading unfounded rumors, falsehood and propaganda to pit the government against the hardworking and appreciative people of the state”.
The commissioner, however, appealed to the operators to conduct their businesses within the ambits of the law to ensure that criminal elements do not use their Keke to perpetrate crimes in the state.