Provide Us With Good Roads Before You Ban Motorbikes: FCT Residents

By Samuel Ohwovoriole

Residents of Dutse Alhaji, a suburb of the Federal Capital Territory FCT, are asking the FCT Minister to provide them with roads before enforcing the ban on motorbikes.

They said in the absence of good roads that taxis and tricycles can not ply bad roads hence the enforcement of the ban should be put on hold.

The residents are not happy with the FCT administration for failing to to provide them with basic infrastructures before banning motorbikes.

Victoria Ojattah, a resident of Dutse Alhaji on Sunday, said that what the FCT administration is doing is not good especially with the hard economy and the unprecedented high levels of insecurity and unemployment.

“This is wickedness, what do they want people to do? There are no jobs for these guys (motorcycle riders) to do and they don’t want them to drive their bikes and make money to feed themselves and their families. You are seizing their bikes from them; what at this time that kidnappings, bandithary robberies are rampant everywhere in the country why not allow these ones who want to work to work.”

” What happened today was really bad, I felt bad for the okada rider, his bike was seized by the Nigerian Police who are enforcing the FCT Minister’s ban on okada. I would like to use this opportunity to plead with the Minister of the FCT, Bello Mohammed to lift the ban since we don’t have good roads in this Dutse Alhaji.”

Abdullahi Umar who could barely speak english fluently, said he came all the way from Borno state said to Abuja to earn a living and cater for his family but the only means through which he’s doing that is now threatened by the ban on motor bikes.

The Minister of FCT, Bello Mohammed banned bikes from operating within the FCT last year. An order that the security operatives have strictly carried out to the best of their abilities. But because the suburbs do not have good motorable  roads like the highbrow areas of Maitama, Asokoro, Wuse, Utako, Jabi Gwarinpa and others, the people want the FCT administration to provide good roads in these suburbs before enforcing the ban. Because they are saying that without motorbikes they won’t be able to move easily within.


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